The worlds first ATM appeared in London on this day, June 27, 1967! In memoriam, Barclays Bank has turned their ATM gold to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Theguardian.com reports :

The brainchild of a Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron, the first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank. Reg Varney, who starred in the British TV comedy series On the Buses, was the first person to withdraw cash from the machine.

Now there are an estimated 3 Million cash machines across the globe, with about 70,000 in the UK alone. The world’s most northerly machine is at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, and the most southerly is at the McMurdo station at the south pole.