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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st May 1973 Comedian Noel Fielding, Mighty Boosh, born in Westminster.
21st May 1966 Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Henry Cooper in London
21st May 1950 Born today: Roger Hodgson, London, rocker (Supertramp)
21st May 1920 Born today: Anthony Steel, London, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse)
21st May 1471 King Edward IV enters London and claims the throne.
The Frost Fair on the Thames
This is where an elephant walked across the iced up Thames.
Location: Blackfriars Bridge, London
Description: The last London frost fair took place in 1814 on the 1st February, and lasted four days.
The fair features shops, stalls, games, bear baiting and fairs.
The most remarkable event was the first and last time that an elephant was led across the iced up river below Blackfriars Bridge!
This was to be the last frost fair. The climate was growing milder; also, old London Bridge was demolished in 1831, and the river was embanked in stages during the 19th century, both of which made the river less likely to freeze.