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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Stars & Stripes Spire
This spectacular spire incorporates the stars and stripes flag.
Location: Christ Church and Upton, 1a Kennington Road, Lon, SE1 7QP
Description: With the driving force of Rowland Hill this church became the birthplace of the Bible Society, Shaftesbury Society, Ragged School Movement and several other significant social initiatives. William Wilberforce and his crew made it their central London base from which they put an end to slavery in the British Empire.
The landmark spire with it's stars and stripes was donated by Abraham Lincoln's family to thank the church for their support and inspiration in the battle for the emancipation of the slaves in America.
The church is built on the site of a female orphanage, which was founded in 1758. The local clergyman received donations to build the church, and due to his support of the Union during the American Civil War, the spire was known as 'Lincoln Tower'.
The church was hit during the Second World War, and only the spire remained. The spire was saved and an office block was added to it in the 1960s.
Tagged in this Tour: American Tour of London