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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
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.
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