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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
Birthplace of Charles Rolls
This is the house where Charles Rolls (of Royce fame) was born.
Location: 35 Hill Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5NS
Description: This is the house where Charles Rolls (1877-1910) was born. Together with Frederick Henry Royce, he was a co-founder of the legendary Rolls-Royce car manufacturing firm.
He was a son of the 1st Baron Llangattock, and was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and from his youth was interested in engines. He owned his first car at 18 - one of the very first three cars owned in Wales.
He was an aviation pionner too, and he was killed aged just 33 in an air crash at Bournemouth when the tail of his Wright Flyer broke off, making him the first Briton to be killed in an aeronautical accident, and the eleventh internationally.