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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
Daniel Mendoza's Pub
This is where The Father of Boxing Dan Mendoza ran his pub.
Location: 145 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BY
Description: This is where legendary Jewish East End boxing champion Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836) retired to run his pub from. It was called The Admiral Nelson (later The Lord Nelson), which moved at some point to 299 Whitechapel Road and closed as a public house in 1983.
He was known as The Father of Scientific Boxing and published a book in called The Art of Boxing.
Mendoza's Memoirs report that he got involved in three fights whilst on his way to watch a boxing match. The reasons were: (a) someone's cart cut in; (b) he felt a shopkeeper was trying to cheat him; (c) he didn't like how a man was looking at him.
The actor Peter Sellers was a descendant of Dan Mendoza. Prints of the boxer can be seen on Inspector Clouseaus wall in the Pink Panther films.