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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
The World's First Tube Line
The first Underground Line in the world was opened here in 1863
Location: Off Faringdon Road
Description: The first Underground Line in the world was opened here in 1863 - at Farringdon Tube Station.
It was constructed by the 'cut and cover' method, and brought people from Paddington to the outskirts of the City. The open carriages were pulled by steam engines, which resulted in smoke enveloping the mainly smartly dressed City workers.
For the first four years of operation, passengers could alight here and walk the short distance to Newgate to witness public hangings, which were only abolished in 1867.
Nearby is the Castle Pub, which has three golden balls hanging outside. This is the only pub to have a pawnbroker's license, because the landlord once lent George IV money to cover his gambling debts.
Tagged in this Tour: Rebels, Radicals & Rough Justice