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Sir John Hurt as 'Stephen Ward' and Ian McKellen as 'John Profumo' in 'Scandal'

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© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Hurt as 'Stephen Ward' and Ian McKellen as 'John Profumo' in 'Scandal'

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 10 December 1988
10 1/8 in. x 10 in. (258 mm x 253 mm)
Given by Trevor Leighton, 1990
Photographs Collection
NPG x35320

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  • Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 249 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Current affairs

A Pan Am jumbo jet is brought down by a bomb over Lockerbie in Scotland, killing 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. The Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary launched Britain's largest criminal investigation before convicting a Libyan intelligence officer of planting the bomb.

Art and science

Professor Stephen Hawking publishes his popular book on cosmology, A Brief History Of Time.
Damien Hirst and his fellow Goldsmiths students organise the exhibition Freeze in a disused block in the Docklands. The exhibition launched the careers of many of the young British artists (YBAs) associated with Brit Art including Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Angus Fairhurst, and Anya Gallaccio.

International

Iraq drops poison gas on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Halabja, killing thousands of civilians. The city was held at the time by Iranian forces and Iraqi Kurdish rebels, although there was initially some debate over which side was responsible for the atrocity. It was the largest-scale chemical attack on civilians in modern times.

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