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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
Charles Darwin lived here
This is where Charles Darwin lived with his new wife Emma.
Location: 12 Upper Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London
Description: This was the first home of Charles and Emma Darwin after their marriage in 1839. Charles had moved in on 31st December 1838 and they were married on 29th January. They rented it, furnished and fondly called it Macaw Cottage because of it's colourful decor.
Their two eldest children, William Erasmus & Anne Elizabeth were born here.
They moved out in September 1842, and in 1941 the German bombers destroyed the house, and it's now the Department of Biology for the University College London. The Darwin building stands on the exact spot of Macaw Cottage.
It was numbered 110 when they moved in, but later it was renumbered to be number 12.