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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd April 1991 Two trains collided on the DLR at West India Quay.
22nd April 1930 US, Britain and Japan sign London Naval Treaty
22nd April 1925 Born today: George Cole, London England, actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers)
22nd April 1899 Born today: Martyn Green, London, actor (Gilbert and Sullivan, Iceman Cometh)
22nd April 1823 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
22nd April 1737 William Hicks (MP for Wallingford) was attacked by highwayman Dick Turpin and associate in a coach travelling to London through Epping Forest.
Jimmy White started here
This is where Jimmy White first started playing snooker as a kid
Location: 2a Lynwood Road, Tooting Bec, London, SW17 8SB
Description: This snooker hall was once called Zan's, and was where Jimmy 'The Whirlwind' White, one of snooker's most natural players, learnt how to play.
In an interview with The Independent he says 'My dad was a coalman and was always playing snooker with his mates'.
'I must have been nine or 10 when I started but I was a natural. By the time I was 11 I was spending nearly every day with Tony Meo at a place called Zan's in Tooting in south London playing, practising. By the age of 13 I'd made a century break and taken money off everybody in every place I played. Sometimes I'd leave with hundreds of pounds in my pocket. That was a fortune to a kid. My parents and teachers went mad at me for skipping school, but there was nothing they could do, I'd always find a way to play'.