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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
Barry Sheene's Childhood
The childhood home of bike racing legend Barry Sheene.
Location: Queen Square, Holborn
Description: This is where British motorcycling legend Barry Sheene (1950-2003) grew up with his family.
His father was an engineer and worked here in the workshop of the Royal College of Surgeons, living in a four-bedroom flat in the same square that came with the job. In the week he kept the machines running in the College and at the weekend he pursued his hobby of squeezing the best out of racing bikes. He raced the TT five times before retiring in 1956.
Frank and wife Iris had a daughter Margaret in 1945 before Barry joined them in 1950.
It wasn't long before he was railing against authority and once pulled a prank on a friend at school by drinking his fathers liquor cabinet, which resulted in his friend having his stomach pumped and the wrath of his parents and headmaster.
Barry hated school and prospects looked bleak upon leaving. He found jobs as messenger and delivery drivers and at the weekend helped his father with mechanics and engine work, and came to gain a reputation for speed while testing.
The rest is history and the British World Champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer remained as champion from 1977 to 2015. His flamboyance, untamed hair and devil may care attitude made him a natural star.