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Amy Johnson

published by The Lawrence Wright Music Co, after Vaughan & Freeman
halftone reproduction, published 1930
12 1/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (307 mm x 242 mm) paper size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Reference Collection
NPG D46663

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Sheet music cover for 'Amy' by Joseph George Gilbert and Horatio Nicholls. Sheet music attached

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Current affairs

Amy Johnson is the first woman to fly solo to Australia. She flew the 11,000 miles from Croydon to Darwin in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth named Jason and won the Harmon Trophy as well as a CBE for her achievement. She went on to break a number of other flying records, and died while serving in the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1941.

Art and science

Noel Coward's play, Private Lives is first performed. The original run starred Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier as well as Coward himself. Private Lives became Coward's most enduringly successful play.

International

Gandhi leads the Salt March. The march to the coast was a direct protest against the British monopoly on the sale of salt and inspired hordes of Indians to follow him and adopt his methods of Satyagraha (non-violent resistance to the British rule of India).
Stalin orders the 'liquidation of the kulaks (wealthy farmers) as a class' in a violent attempt to centralise control of agriculture and collectivise farming.

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