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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
Bram Stoker's Heroic Deed
The house where Bram Stoker failed to revive a river jumper.
Location: 27 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London
Description: Irish Dracula-author Bram Stoker lived at several places in Chelsea but it was when he was living here that is most notorious.
On 14 September 1882 at about six o'clock in the evening near Chelsea Embankment he witnessed a man falling (or jumping?) into the river from the steamboat he was travelling to theatre on.
Stoker pulled off some of his clothes, jumped in and sustained the man until a boat came to them. Despite frantic efforts to save the drowning man, he 'persistently kept his face under water'.
He took the very poorly man to his house, laying him out on the kitchen table trying to revive him but he expired.
At the inquest no-one was able to identify the dead man who, because of a tattoo, was presumed to be a soldier.
His wife Florence, previously engaged to Oscar Wilde, was not amused and the event led to marital discord. In 1882 he was awarded a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for the heroic gesture.