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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th November 1960 TV presenter Jonathan Ross was born in Camden, London.
17th November 1877 Gilbert/Sullivans operette Sorcerer, premieres in London
17th November 1842 Opera Linda di Chamounix is produced (London)
London's First Traffic Island
London's first traffic island gains revenge on its benefactor.
Location: St James Street, Piccadilly, London
Description: This is where London's first traffic island was built in 1864. It was funded by one Colonel Pierpoint who was afraid of being knocked down on his way to (and more likely from) his Pall Mall club. When it was finished, the good colonel dashed across the road to admire his creation and was unceremoniously bowled over by a cab!