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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The 1st Railway Murder
This is where the first person attacked on a train died.
Location: Top O' The Morning, 129 Cadogan Terrace, Bow, E9 5HP
Description: This Irish pub was part of a sensational murder mystery on July 9th 1864 when Franz Muller robbed a passenger called Thomas Briggs on a train as it passed nearby. He was found still alive by the side of the track and brought into this pub where he died of his wounds. He was the first person to be murdered on a train.
The murder caught the imagination of the public due to increasing safety fears about rail travel at the time, and the pursuit of Muller across the Atlantic by Scotland Yard detectives.
Muller was caught as he disembarked a ship in New York, confessed and was hanged in due course.