10 ways how Leeds has changed the world

Leeds is amazing, we know that.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 2:32 pm
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From revolutionising pop music to designing the White House, the world simply wouldn’t be the same without Leeds. Here are nine ways your city changed the world. READ MORE: The 34 never seen before photos of Leeds through the ages | 10 best kept Leeds secrets even some locals won't know about

Pudsey-born Benjamin Henry Latrobe was heavily involved in designing large sections of the White House with James Hoban and Thomas Jefferson, including the east & west colonnades, which give the buildings fascia its iconic look.
Without Mel Bs brash Leeds attitude, the Spice Girls may never have made it off the the drawing board. Scary Spice led the quintet through the doors of several other labels, before signing with Simon Fuller.
Marks & Spencer was established as a humble market stall on Kirkgate Market in 1884 and has grown into one of the countrys biggest and most trusted retailers.

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The television studios on Kirkstall Road were the first in Europe to design and build purpose-built colour studios, the first to try breakfast television as we now know it, and were the first station to go 24-hour in 1986.
The worlds first fully automated traffic light system was trialled and implemented on little old Park Row in 1928. This improved road safety immeasurably, replacing the gas light system and taking human error out of the equation.
Despite being thought up by a Brummie, it was Leeds-based Waddingtons who took a punt on the popular board game as far back as 1949. A Leeds version of the game was devised to celebrate 100 years of the firm based in the city.
Horsforth's own Dr Brian Boffey was the inventor of the Jelly Tot. His discovery while working for Rowntrees led to him working with Nasa.
Alan Bennett, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Jilly Cooper, Helen Fielding, Arthur Ransome, Tony Harrison, Barry Tebb, Alfred Austin, Keith Waterhouse. The link? Theyre all established Leeds writers of course, of huge stature.
Whilst experimenting with X-Ray technology at Leeds University, father and son partnership William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg discovered the structure of crystals, allowing scientists to look into the structure of DNA.
The worlds first moving pictures were recorded by Louis Le Prince as he stood at a window overlooking Leeds Bridge one day back in 1888.