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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
The Jew Boxer lived here
Jewish boxing legend Daniel Mendoza lived here.
Location: 3 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, London
Description: This is the house that the first Jewish boxing champion lived in from 1788 - the legendary Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836).
Mendoza once lost a bout because his opponent grabbed his long hair and pummelled his face, causing a change in the rules that all boxers must have short hair.
He was proud to be Jewish and he billed himself as The Jew Boxer.
On his retirement from the ring he wrote a book called The Art of Boxing here.