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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 Born today: Angela Lansbury, London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Ford plant in Dagenham
The home of Ford and British car making for 70 years.
Location: Kent Avenue, Dagenham, Essex
Description: The Ford plant at Dagenham was one of the UK's largest car factories employing nearly 8,000 of the automobile company's 30,000 British workers. The car assembly line alone was manned by more than 4,500 people.
The complex here, opened in 1931, on a 300-acre site on marshland just north of the Thames in east London. Ford bought it in 1924 for 167,695.
Dagenham was at the spearhead of Ford's attempts to corner the British car market.
The first vehicle it produced was a Model A 30cwt truck which rolled off the production line on 1 October 1931.
The factory also made the Model Y, the first four-seat saloon to sell for 100. After the war, Dagenham switched production from Bren Gun Carriers to V8 Pilots.
Ford Populars, Cortinas, Capris and Sierras have been among the more than 10 million cars made there.
Three million Cortinas were built at Dagenham between 1962-1981. But the Fiesta has been the only model built there since 1990.
A month-long dispute closed the factory in 1969 and cost Ford 40m.
The plant closed in 2000.