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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
This is where the matchbox toys factory used to be.
Location: Lee Conservancy Road, Homerton Road, Hackney, E9
Description: This massive new redeveloped apartment building used to be the renowned Lesney Matchbox Toys factory. Like all great old-world manufacturers it's got a spectacular canal-side location. It's now home to 49 permanent purpose-built artists studios.
Lesneys factory made legendary Matchbox Toys between 1952 and 1982 - inside there are enormous illustrations of the people using the machines that made the toys, painted directly onto the gallery walls. Plus there are a number of video diaries by employees about their experiences of working at Lesneys. The display includes two computer interactives: one which will record a survey of visitors attitudes to work, the other an opportunity for visitors to explore job opportunities in relation to their interests and skills.