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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
Time was created here
Noted Watch and Chronometer Maker, Thomas Earnshaw Blue Plaque
Location: 119 High Holborn, WC1
Description: Thomas Earnshaw (4 February 1749 - 1 March 1829) was an English watchmaker who first simplified the process of marine chronometer production, making them available to the general public.
He's also known for his improvements to the transit clock at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London and his invention of the chronometer escapement and the bimetallic compensation balance.
Although, he was principly a watchmaker, he didn't shy away from building clocks. When asked by Nevil Maskelyne, he produced a clock for the Armagh Observatory, which is recognised by horologists today as one of the world's most important clocks.
And so to this spot - yes here was the site of the business premises of Thomas Earnshaw which is now rightly adorned with a Blue Plaque.