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ON THIS DAY, 1958...

On 4th April 1958, the Peace Sign debuted. The peace sign, also known as the peace symbol, is an iconic symbol recognized worldwide as representing peace, unity, and harmony. Its origins trace back to the 1950s, specifically to the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).


Designed in 1958 by British artist and designer Gerald Holtom, the peace sign was initially created as a symbol for the first Aldermaston March, which the CND organized to protest against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


Holtom studied at the Royal College of Art for three years and was inspired by semaphore signalling, a unique system of sending messages using flags. The peace sign is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" and "D," which stand for "nuclear disarmament."


The peace sign is characterized by a circle with three lines running vertically downward from the centre. The lines are typically at angles of 45 degrees, forming the shape of a downward-pointing triangle within the circle. This design has become universally recognized as a symbol of peace and anti-war movements.


The peace sign gained widespread popularity during the 1960s as a symbol of the counterculture movement and opposition to the Vietnam War. However, its influence extends far beyond these contexts. It was adopted by various social and political movements advocating for peace, civil rights, environmentalism, and other causes, serving as a unifying symbol for diverse groups.


Over the years, the peace sign has remained a powerful and enduring symbol of hope, unity, and the desire for a world free from violence and conflict. It continues to be used in various contexts, including protests, rallies, artwork, and popular culture, as a reminder of the importance of peace and understanding among people and nations.

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