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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st July 1964 Tottenham Hotspur's Scottish striker John White is killed by lightning playing golf in North London.
21st July 1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
21st July 1884 The First Test was held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
21st July 1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London
21st July 1863 Born today: C[harles] Aubrey Smith, London England, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
Mark Twain's death
This is where writer Mark Twain lived and gave his famous quote
Location: 23 Tedworth Square, Chelsea, London, SW3 4DR
Description: This is the house where Mark Twain and his family lived in through 1896/7, where he worked on his last travel book 'Following The Equator'.
The death of his daughter from meningitis had a profound effect on him leaving the great author sad and embittered. He was scathing about the work produced by Chelsea artists. He likened a painting by Turner to a tortoiseshell cat floundering on a plate of tomatoes.
In 1912 Albert Bigelow Paine published a biography of the recently deceased Twain, based on Twains oral reminiscences. By this point his straightforward factual remark to the Journal correspondent had taken on a sardonic tone. Paine wrote: A reporter ferreted him out and appeared at Ted-worth Square with cabled instructions from his paper . His orders read:
If Mark Twain very ill, five hundred words. If dead, send one thousand.
Clemens smiled grimly as he handed back the cable.
You dont need as much as that, he said. Just say the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated.
And in that form, with minor differences in wording, the anecdote has been passed down ever since.