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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
Rainbow Theatre & Monty Python
Monty Python rehearsed here in 1973, their 'First Farewell Tour'
Location: 232 Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3NX
Description: The 'Rainbow Theatre', originally the Astoria Theatre, is a Grade II-listed building in Finsbury Park, built as a cinema in 1930, it later became well known as a music venue and is now a Pentecostal church.
When it opened in 1930, the Astoria Cinema was one of the largest in the world, standing at the junction of Isledon Road and Seven Sisters Road on an island site, alas now it is the main base for UCKG (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God) in the UK.
But back in the day when it was a glorious venue in 1973, the 'Monty Python' team used the 3,500 seater theatre as a rehearsal space for their 'First Farewell Tour'... and even then 'Michael Palin' commented in his 'Diaries 1969 - 1979' that it was an obivious target for developers!
How right he was, what a shame!
Tagged in this Tour: Graham Chapman's Python London