Sir Roger Bannister
Sir Roger Bannister
by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 April 1968
8 1/4 in. x 6 1/8 in. (208 mm x 157 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Roger Bannister (1929-2018), Physician and middle distance runner; Olympian and first person to break the four minute mile. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Godfrey Argent (1937-2006), Photographer. Artist associated with 799 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Events of 1968back to top
Current affairsEnoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views.
Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.
Art and scienceBeaton Portraits is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.
InternationalCivil unrest escalates in France as student protesters, joined by striking workers, clash with the police. The events came to represent the conflict between the new, liberalised, left-wing generation and the forces of authority and conservatism. French protests were mirrored by others abroad including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, where political liberalisation was achieved for a few months before the country was invaded by the Soviet Union.
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