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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st July 1964 Tottenham Hotspur's Scottish striker John White is killed by lightning playing golf in North London.
21st July 1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
21st July 1884 The First Test was held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
21st July 1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London
21st July 1863 Born today: C[harles] Aubrey Smith, London England, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
Picasso Paints Bernals Mural
The place where Picasso painted his only piece in Britain.
Location: 22 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, WC1 7HX
Description: Bernals Picasso mural is named after Professor John Desmond Bernal, who threw a party here at his Torrington Square flat for stranded peace delegates. A delegation including Pablo Picasso were on their way to Sheffield in 1950 when they couldnt get there.
Bernal was an eminent Irish scientist who worked on x-ray crystallography and took the first x-ray photographs of protein crystals, but was equally famous for his political beliefs. He offered to host a party for the delegates and Picasso made this mural on his wall.
Bernal chiselled out the mural and presented it to the ICA in 1969, when the Bloomsbury flat was due to be demolished. It is now part of the Wellcome Collection.