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A lot's happened #since1946

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The world’s oldest and most famous high IQ society turns 70 this year – and it seems we’re in good company.

It turns out a lot happened in 1946, quite aside from the formation of Mensa on October 1 in Oxford. For starters, the National Insurance Act of 1946 put in place the blueprint for the NHS and welfare state in Britain, while on a global scale, the formation of the United Nations and Unicef were the manifestation of a post-War desire for greater global co-operation.

The Cannes Film Festival and Welsh National Opera also took their first bow in 1946, Woman’s Hour was broadcast on the BBC for the first time and on October 1, as the first Mensans were meeting in Oxford, JB Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls was getting its first airing in London – to distinctly lukewarm reviews.

Stevenage was the first town to be designated as a result of the New Towns Act in 1946, and the first Pontins holiday camp at Brean Sands helped to revolutionise holidays for millions of Britons.

Those born in 1946 include actor Alan Rickman and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, film director Stephen Spielberg, actor Tim Curry, writer Michael Rosen, Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, footballer George Best, fashion designer Gianni Versace and American politicians Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

Since 1946 the world has changed beyond recognition, largely thanks to rapid technological advancement.

Our own president Sir Clive Sinclair was largely responsible for taking computers out of the workplace and putting them into homes, and many of his inventions were decades before their time.

Which person, invention or event do you think has had a profound effect on Britain and the world since Mensa was formed 70 years ago? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or on our social media pages using the hashtag #since1946