by Stephen Hyde
bromide print, June 1984
11 1/2 in. x 11 3/8 in. (293 mm x 289 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Peter Dennis Blandford ('Pete') Townshend (1945-), Musician; singer, guitarist and composer for The Who; publisher and author. Sitter in 17 portraits.
Events of 1984back to top
Current affairsThe Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'
Art and scienceDr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors.
Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.