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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th March 1920 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (1 months)
20th March 1906 George B Shaws Captain Brassbound's Conversion, premieres in London
20th March 1727 Issac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, died in London aged 84.
20th March 1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
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.