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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
Vera Lynn was born here
Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart, was born here.
Location: Thackeray Road, East Ham, London
Description: Dame Vera Lynn was born Vera Welch on 20 March 1917, here in Thackeray Road, East Ham. She was singing in Working Mans Clubs at the age of seven, and joined a dancing troupe when she was 15. Her first broadcast was in 1935, singing with the Joe Loss Orchestra. She was mostly known for her huge wartime nostalgic hits like The White Cliffs of Dover. She was known as The Forces Sweetheart.