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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th June 1955 Born today: Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
26th June 1946 Born today: Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
26th June 1933 Born today: Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symphony Orchestra 1982)
26th June 1909 Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
26th June 1902 The Coronation of Edward VII has to be postponed due to the future king's appendicitis.
26th June 1902 Rioting in Watford after coronation festivities cancelled.
26th June 1816 The first prisoners, all women, admitted to newly built MillBank Prison in London.
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.