Happy anniversary

As the RNIB celebrates and reflects on 150 years supporting people with sight loss, I began to wonder about what else happened on this day in…

Time travel

There is a weekly consumer glossy magazine that uses its inside back page to show readers the news that it featured in its edition the same week in years gone by.

As I occasionally flick through the content on offer, I find myself drawn to the page with a pang of nostalgia and astonishment that fashion, for example, really has changed and even come full circle.

When I learned on Tuesday that on that day in 1868, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) was established and the charity was marking its 150th anniversary, I was intrigued to find out how it would celebrate.

Highlighting the differences that people with sight loss face and experience, the charity has pledged to share a different person’s story of sight loss every day for the 150 days proceeding its birthday.

The RNIB is not the only one celebrating its anniversary this week, as news also came in that Vision Express turns 30 this year. Marking the occasion, the multiple took the opportunity to look back at eyewear trends over the last three decades, reporting that the classic wayfarer frame, which was popular when it opened its first practice in 1988, remains so today.

This month, independent opticians Barnet Pepper will mark 70 years since it opened its doors in Caernarfon, Wales. Once a pharmacy and an opticians combined, it opened on the same day that the National Health Service was established.

Today the independent is solely an opticians and has five consulting rooms, with a focus on the latest technology.

Oh, and in case you are thinking it too: on this day in 1963, Lord Home won a Conservative leadership contest to become Britain’s new Prime Minister. Plus, on this day in 1967, the Soviet Union sent a space probe beneath the cloud cover around Venus for the first time. 

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