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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)
Boxing's York Hall
This is the home of boxing - in the heart of Bethnal Green.
Location: 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ
Description: Opened in 1929, York Hall in Bethnal Green has had a colourful history, initially as a public baths and now as the home of British boxing and health spa/leisure centre.
With a capacity of 1200, the York Hall stages some of the UK's biggest boxing events. After a major multi million pound refit in 2005 The York Hall was branded as 'Spa London'. The venue is split into 2 sections with a hall and gymnasium in one area and a fully equipped Spa in the other. The venue has facilities that include a sauna, steam room, relaxation zone and treatment rooms.