Thursday hoved into view, and by now all of London must have been scratching their heads. Who was this rotund fellow who would be entering their lives on Monday? Today’s (or, as it was written then, to-day’s) paper offered other distractions:

Thursday 16th September 1954

  • Sir Robert Brown Fraser appointed head of the new Independent Television Authority
  • Police seek two men in connection to the murder of the girl in Ruislip, now named as Jean Mary Townsend
  • Churchill calls a special Cabinet meeting to hear the report of Eden’s discussions
  • A 12-year-old boy is left £85,000 by his great grandfather – almost £740,000 today