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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th November 1960 TV presenter Jonathan Ross was born in Camden, London.
17th November 1877 Gilbert/Sullivans operette Sorcerer, premieres in London
17th November 1842 Opera Linda di Chamounix is produced (London)
WWII and Goodge Street
A super-deep 1940s shelter was located here
Location: Tottenham Court Road, W1T 2HE
Description: In times gone by (thank the lord) and after World War II and the hideous bombings of the 1940s, the government decided to build a system of super-deep shelters attached to existing tube stations.
And so to Goodge Street, which was one of the many locations.
Holding 8,000 people, it was also the spot chosen by General Eisenhower for his own personal HQ (how nice for us!) from which he broadcast the announcement of the invasion of France in 1944.
What a nice man...! Still at least this shelter kept Londoners safe.
Tagged in this Tour: Top 10 London Underground Sights