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Poemhunter Moderator Poemhunter Moderator Female, 35, Turkey (2/21/2012 7:16:00 AM)

February 21: On this day in history, (1958) British artist Gerald Holtom designed a logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament that became internationally recognised as the peace sign.

The internationally recognized symbol for peace was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement by Gerald Holtom in 1958. Holtom, an artist and designer, made it for a march from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England, organised by the Direct Action Committee to take place in April and supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) . Eric Austen (1922–1999) adapted Holtom's designs to ceramic lapel badges.

The symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters N and D, standing for nuclear disarmament. In semaphore the letter N is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down V, and the letter D is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. Superimposing these two signs forms the shape of the centre of the peace symbol.The original drawing by Gerald Holtom of the CND symbol is housed in the Peace Museum in Bradford, England.

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  • Kee Thampi (2/22/2012 6:56:00 PM) Post reply

    The world use of Nuclear power is for energy and is well known for its current use. Now we think beyond it positively. Still some people fight against

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