Unveiling of NPG 5749 Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Sidney Weighell; Harold Wilson; Hans Schwarz)

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Unveiling of NPG 5749 Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Sidney Weighell; Harold Wilson; Hans Schwarz)

by Hans Schwarz
ink, 1985
12 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (312 mm x 240 mm)
Given by Hans Schwarz, 1985
Reference Collection
NPG D196

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  • Hans Schwarz (1922-2003), Painter; sculptor; illustrator; author. Artist or producer of 14 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify

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  • NPG 5749: Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Thomas Jackson; Sidney Weighell) (appears within the portrait)

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Current affairs

55 people die in the Manchester air disaster when a British Airtours Boeing 737 bursts into flames after an aborted takeoff at Manchester International Airport.

Art and science

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organise Live Aid, a rock concert in London and Philadelphia, to raise funds for famine relief. The biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Queen, Status Quo, The Police, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, U2, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, performed to a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The British Antarctic Survey discovers a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.

International

Reformer Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power as first secretary of the Soviet Communist party. He calls for 'glasnost' (openness) in Soviet life, and pursues a policy of 'perestroika' (reconstruction).
French intelligence operatives sabotage Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace vessel. The ship was leading a protest against French nuclear testing in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing one of the twelve on board.

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