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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
London's First Railway Bookstall
William Henry Smith opened the first bookstall here in 1848
Location: Euston Station, NW1 2HS
Description: William Henry Smith PC (24 June 1825 - 6 October 1891) was born in London, the son of William Henry Smith (1792-1865).
He was educated at Tavistock Grammar School before joining the business with his father in 1846. As a result of his involvement, the business became a household name (W H Smith), and the practice of selling books and newspapers at railway stations began.
And so to Euston, the location of the first railway bookstall in the UK and London.