Peace Sign Turns 50
For ten points, who invented the peace sign?
Bzzzt! Thankyouforplaying! The correct answer is Gerald Holtom, a graphic designer who figured that the British anti-nuke movement would gain more traction if it had a logo, and the peace sign was born. Specifically, it was born from the semafore signals for "N" and "D" (Nuclear Disarmament). And Holtom was 100% correct: his symbol has been relevant ever since.
It had its first public outing 50 years ago on a chilly Good Friday as thousands of British anti-nuclear campaigners set off from London's Trafalgar Square on a 50-mile march to the weapons factory at Aldermaston.
The demonstration had been organised by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) joined in.