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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
A classic London icon fuelled on Coal, Cinema and Redevelopment
Location: 188 Kirtling Street, Battersea, SW8 5BP
Description: Battersea Power Station is a now unused coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames. The station comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built first in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s.
The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed. The station's celebrity owes to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help! and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals.
It also played a cinematic role in the 1936 Aldred Hitchcock classic 'Sabotage', as were scenes of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film 'Full Metal Jacket' shot inside.
The site is currently owned by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities, who purchased it for 400 million in November 2006. (Mar 2010)
Tagged in this Tour: Weird photo ops
Tagged in this Tour: Music: off the beaten path