On April 4, 1958, the world was introduced to the iconic peace symbol.
Designed by British artist and activist Gerald Holtom, the symbol was first used during a march for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in London. Holtom intended for the symbol to represent the letters “ND” for “nuclear disarmament,” but it quickly became recognized as a symbol of peace.
The symbol is now widely known and used as a universal symbol for peace and has been featured on countless protests, posters, and artworks. Its simple yet powerful circle design with three lines inside – one straight and two angled downwards – has endured the test of time and become a universal symbol for the desire for peace.