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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Beatles Manager Last Day
Epstein died at this address in 1967 after excess drug use
Location: 24 Chapel Street, SW1X
Description: It was at this address (the bedroom to be exact) in 1967 during the August Bank Holiday weekend, that a sad and unhappy Brian Epstein ended his days in what appeared to be suicide and a drug-induced death.
However it was more than likely that Epstein in an alcohol and sleeping pill state became confused and took a lethal concoction.
Epstein became heavily involved in the 1960s drug scene, and during the four months when the Sgt. Pepper album was being recorded, spent his time on holiday, or at the Priory Clinic, in Putney, London, where he tried unsuccessfully to curb his drug use.
Epstein was overlooked when Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr were honoured with the MBE in 1965, Harrison (or McCartney) once said that the MBE stood for 'Mister Brian Epstein'.
The Beatles were among the earliest entrants into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Epstein is not even in the Hall's 'Non-Performer's Section' - which in itself serves as an injustice to a great musical career.
Tagged in this Tour: The Beatles take London
Tagged in this Tour: The Ultimate Beatles Tour