On this day: the Queen Mother in 1979

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother is seen here at the opening of the new library of the London School of Economics on the 10th of July, 1979.

The library – located in the Lionel Robbins Building – is in the former headquarters of major bookseller WH Smith.

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On this day: Vintage Manchester

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A bus in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England is seen here on the 8th of April, 1973.

Bolton – once a mill town – was a hub for Flemish weavers as early as the 14th century.

The vehicle in the photograph is painted in the colours of the former Bolton Corporation municipal buses, and is seen opposite the bus station, on Black Horse Street.

On this day: Stanley Green was born

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On Oxford Street on the 21st of June, 1974.

Englishman Stanley Green, a self-styled “dietary reform activist” whose mission was to decrease people’s libidos by changing their diets, was born in Harringay, north London on the 22nd of February, 1915.

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In 1977

For twenty-five years, from 1968 until 1993, Green patrolled major shopping boulevard Oxford Street in London carrying placards and trying to convince people to take up a low-protein diet in order to both lose interest in sex and to become kinder.

Green died in December of 1993. He’d gained enough fame that obituaries for him were published in several major newspapers.

On this day: a Communist Ballet in China

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US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 resulted in significant changes in relations between the two countries.

During the visit, Nixon and his wife attended a performance of the communist ballet Red Detachment of Women. The ballet, based on a 1961 film of the same name, which itself was based on a book, was staged on the 22nd of February, 1972.

Red Detachment of Women, one of only a few ballets permitted in China during the Cultural Revolution, is still in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China.

Derry/Londonderry

Few places in Northern Ireland were as politically charged during The Troubles as Derry (or Londonderry, depending on your views).

Below is the iconic (Catholic) sign – it’s not usually pink!, followed by the Unionist side of town (note the streets painted red, white and blue). Also a Catholic church, the Protestant cathedral, and an Australian flag with the Union Jack covered over!

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On this day…

Walkabout in Whitefriargate, Hull, by Her Majesty The Queen 13th July 1977. England Vintage.

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Her Majesty, The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh greet crowds in Whitefriargate in Kingston upon Hull, England, during celebrations for her Silver Jubilee. 13th July 1977.