Happy Birthday Peace Sign!

According to this On the Media peace piece, Sign Of The Times, the peace symbol is 50 years old today!

Peace Symbol

I had always thought the symbol was abstract, but apparently it's a stylization of the semaphore signals for N and D:

Semaphore N Semaphore D

The ND stood for nuclear disarmament and the symbol was adopted by a British anti-nuke group. The interview guest gives an interesting little history of the symbol and its move across the Atlantic.

So happy birthday to a 20th century icon!

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