3 of 7 portraits of George Best
by Sefton Samuels
bromide print, 31 May 1968
11 1/4 in. x 9 1/8 in. (285 mm x 230 mm)
Given by Sefton Samuels, 1990
Linked publicationsback to top
- Huntington-Whiteley, James, The Book of British Sporting Heroes, 1998 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 1998 to 24 January 1999), p. 44
Events of 1968back to top
Current affairsEnoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views.
Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.
Art and scienceBeaton Portraits is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.
InternationalCivil unrest escalates in France as student protesters, joined by striking workers, clash with the police. The events came to represent the conflict between the new, liberalised, left-wing generation and the forces of authority and conservatism. French protests were mirrored by others abroad including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, where political liberalisation was achieved for a few months before the country was invaded by the Soviet Union.
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