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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Monty Python's Maritime sketch
Monty Python's opening Meaning of life sketch was filmed here.
Location: 71 Fenchurch Street, London
Description: This classic Terry Gilliam sketch was filmed here. It was as a separate film screened at the start of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
Film goes like this: The elderly employees of a staid London assurance firm has been taken over by the Very Big Corporation of America. They rebel against their corporate masters when one of them is sacked, and force their boss to walk a makeshift plank out a window, then they commandeer their Edwardian office building and turn it into a pirate ship, sailing through the City of London, they then proceed to attack The Very Big Corporation of America's skyscraper, using, among other things, wooden filing cabinets which have been transformed into carronades and swords fashioned from the blades of a ceiling fan. On ropes, they swing into the board room and engage the executives of VBCA in hand-to-hand combat, vanquishing them.
The building's day job is as the Lloyd's Register Group - a maritime classification society and independent risk management organisation.
Tagged in this Tour: Monty Python Tour of London