3 of 5 portraits of (William) John Biffen, Baron Biffen
by Walter Bird
bromide print, 5 November 1965
8 1/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (207 mm x 158 mm)
Sitterback to top
- (William) John Biffen, Baron Biffen (1930-2007), Conservative politician; Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Walter Bird (1903-1969), Photographer. Artist associated with 1428 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1965back to top
Current affairsSir Winston Churchill dies after suffering a stroke at the age of 90. By Royal Decree his body lay in state for three days before he was given a State Funeral (a very rare honour for a non-Royal). Representatives from over 100 countries attended the funeral and thousands of people watched the procession of his coffin down the Thames.
Art and scienceJulie Christie stars in John Schlesinger's film Darling, a film that captures fashionable London in the 1960s, while critiquing the superficiality of the jet-setting society. The film has subsequently been itself criticised for being out-of-touch with the realities of the day.
The Post Office Tower (now the BT tower) opens for use, housing microwave aerials to carry telecommunications traffic from London.