Sir Harold Evans

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Sir Harold Evans

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 3 April 1980
12 in. x 11 7/8 in. (305 mm x 303 mm) image size
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1872

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Published in Vogue, August 1981, where he was described as having an 'unabating vitality', shortly after being appointed editor of The Times. Evans appears with an Imperial typewriter identical to the one on which he wrote his first news stories. In the introduction to Snowdon Stills 1984-1987, Evans wrote: 'It is likely that the naturalism and sensitivity Snowdon has brought to social reportage will endure…It began on the Sunday Times colour magazine …'.

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Current affairs

Margaret Thatcher makes one of her most famous speeches, living up to her nickname of 'the Iron Lady'. The speech was given to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in response to the media speculation that the party would go back on its counter-inflationary policies: 'The lady's not for turning!'

Art and science

John Lennon is murdered on the steps of his house. After fatally shooting him, Mark David Chapman calmly sat down on the pavement and waited to be arrested by police. Chapman had a history of mental illness and claimed that he had committed the murder as a way of getting attention.

International

Iraq invades Iran, beginning eight years of conflict. The invasion followed years of border disputes, but was precipitated by the 1979 revolution in Iran and the resulting instability which Saddam Hussein saw as an opportunity to expand Iraqi influence in the region. Despite early gains for Iraq, the conflict soon descended into a war of attrition with huge causalities caused by Iraq's use of chemical weapons.

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