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SNAPSHOT 1950: BRR-AVING THE WATER

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Competitors in the annual Peter Pan Cup prepare to dive into Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake on Christmas Day, 1950. While people across the country unwrapped their presents and overindulged in festive treats, these brave souls swam an icy 100 yards for the honour of winning first prize. By December, these waters can be below 4°C and, amazingly, the tradition continues to this day.

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About BBC History Revealed Magazine

When we began thinking of how best to celebrate our 50th issue, we thought it would be great to look at the turning points in history, to pick which decisions had the greatest impact on the world. But as we started to come up with a list of key moments, it soon became clear that this was a herculean task; we were going to need some help. A few phone calls and emails later, we had assembled a panel of experts including some of the most respected and popular historians, writers and broadcasters in the land. We quickly realised it’s not possible to define the single biggest decision in history – how could anyone? – but the variety of responses we had illustrated the vast richness of history. So, from Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon, to Decca Records choosing to pass on the Beatles, we present 50 decisions that, for better or worse, have shaped our world. Before I let you go, I’d like to thank all of our readers most sincerely for your support since we launched – here’s to the next 50 issues!