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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
The Lauriston & a wooden Leg
This is where Harry Stanley drank before police shot him dead.
Location: 162 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7JN
Description: This is the pub formerly known as The Alex, where it became infamous as the place where Harry Stanley was drinking and misidentified as a terrorist/armed lunatic. He stopped in here for a drink on 22 September 1999 with a wooden table leg in a bag, on his way home. Someone on leaving the pub, rang the police to say an Irishman (he was Scottish) had a shotgun. He was intercepted after he left the pub and shot in the head and killed by two policeman from the SO19 Armed Response Unit. One bullet hit Harry in the temple and he died instantly.
The controversy surrounding subsequent open verdicts and no charges being made against the officers, caused issues within the police on firearms procedures and how they are trained to respond.