'Queen II' (John Deacon; Freddie Mercury; Brian May; Roger Taylor (Roger Meddows-Taylor))

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'Queen II' (John Deacon; Freddie Mercury; Brian May; Roger Taylor (Roger Meddows-Taylor))

by Michael David ('Mick') Rock, published by E.M.I. Records Limited
colour offset lithographic record sleeve, 1974
12 3/8 in. x 12 1/4 in. (315 mm x 312 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2021
Reference Collection
NPG D49524

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28 people are killed and hundreds injured in the IRA pub bombings. Two pubs in Guilford popular with army personnel were attacked with gelignite bombs, followed by a pub in Woolwich and then two in Birmingham. 17 people, known as the Guilford Four, the Maguire Seven and the Birmingham Six, were arrested for the bombing but all were eventually found to have been wrongfully imprisoned.

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John Le Carré publishes his classic spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The novel was later made into a BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness.

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A one party communist state is established in Ethiopia after a committee of military officers known as the Derg depose Halie Selassie from power.
Greek Cypriot officers depose President Archbishop Makarios III in a coup d'etat sponsored by the Greek Government. Taking advantage of the situation, Turkey sent troops to occupy half the island, proclaiming the Turkish Federal State of Cyprus the following year.

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