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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)
Ben Jonson is Still Standing
The only person to be buried at Westminster Abbey upright!
Location: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
Description: Ben Jonson (1573-1637), dramatist and poet, is the only person buried in an upright position in Westminster Abbey.
He fought with the English troops in Flanders and on returning to London he married, but no children survived him. He became an actor and playwright.
In 1598 he killed a fellow actor in a duel but escaped hanging and was imprisoned as a felon for a short time. This incident does not seem to have affected his reputation.
His play Every Man in his Humour included Shakespeare in its cast. Jonson was a well-known writer of masques and a tutor to Sir Walter Raleigh’s son. He became Poet Laureate in 1619 (although it was not a formal appointment).
A monument to Jonson was erected in about 1723 by the Earl of Oxford and is in the eastern aisle of Poets’ Corner.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London