Big Brother is watching you - Image from Michael Radford's 1984 film version of Orwell's novel.
In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four Big Brother is the leader of the state of Oceania. In the society that Orwell describes every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities; the people are constantly reminded of this by the phrase ‘Big Brother is watching you’. The term "Big Brother" has entered the lexicon as a synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respect to civil liberties, often specifically related to mass surveillance.
On this day …
1924 Leader of the Russian revolution Lenin died.
1950 George Orwell, English journalist and writer died of tuberculosis, just after completing his
novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
1976 Two Concordes took off simultaneously from London and Paris destined for Bahrain and
Rio de Janeiro on the aircraft's first commercial flights.
Did you know …?
Three days after his death, Petrograd was renamed Leningrad in Lenin’s honour, so remaining until 1991, when the USSR broke up.