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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
The Markham Square Siege
The scene of Mark Saunders gun siege and death.
Location: Markham Square, Chelsea
Description: This is where in 2008 barrister Mark Saunders came home to his four-storey Georgian townhouse after heavy drinking and began shooting from his window and the ensuing five hour siege saw him shot dead by police marksmen.
He began shooting at a children's bedroom at 1 Bywater Street, before police arrive and return fire.