Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood

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Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood

by Speaight Ltd
bromide print, circa 1932
10 in. x 8 in. (254 mm x 202 mm) overall
Given by Fraser Robinson on behalf of Ian Lucas (from the collection of Ethel Keide)
Photographs Collection
NPG x199606

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  • Speaight Ltd (active 1904-1940), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 101 portraits.

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Current affairs

Sir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.

Art and science

John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.

International

Saudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.

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