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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Shot Prime Minister born here
Home to Spencer Perceval, the only PM to be assassinated
Location: Audley Square, Westminster, London, W1K
Description: This is where Spencer Perceval (1 Nov 1762 11 May 1812), the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated was born. His last words were, appropriately Oh, I have been murdered.
Perceval's 2 years as tory PM ended when he was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons on his way to attend an inquiry into the recent Luddite riots. The assassin was John Bellingham, a merchant who had incurred business debts in Russia - when he had tried to recover compensation from the government for his losses he was refused. Then he sought revenge on a representative of that government.
Bellingham was later tried and hung for Percevals murder.