3 of 18 portraits of Marianne Faithfull
© Angela Williams / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Angela Williams (Angela Coombes)
cibachrome print, 1954
15 3/8 in. x 10 in. (390 mm x 255 mm)
Given by Angela Coombes, 2001
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Current affairsRoger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.
Art and scienceJ.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
Williams Golding publishes, Lord of the Flies.