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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
Author Laurence Sterne died here
Tristram Shandy author Laurence Sterne lived and died here.
Location: 41 Old Bond Street
Description: This is where, in his home, on 18th March 1768, author Laurence Sterne (24 November 171318 March 1768) died. It was less than a month his second novel, Sentimental Journey, was published.
He became famous for his highly successful 1759 debut novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
Laurence Sterne was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, and at 24 was ordained as a deacon, and a priest at 25.
He had stayed at the lodgings here above a silk bag/wig maker the previous year to his death from January to May.
His last words were Now it has come.