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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.
Leslie Phillips' School
Comedy actor Leslie Phillips went to school here.
Location: New Road, Chingford, E4 8ET
Description: Comedy film lounge lizard Leslie Phillips, who starred in two Harry Potter films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, three Carry On films and dozens more, went to this school in Chingford.
Speaking to the children at it's reopening in 2007, he said: I am very proud of those kids who come to Larkswood today because it was about 70 years ago I was here.
He told the children about a time he was almost hit with the cane by the then headmaster for allegedly stealing plants.
Mr Phillips said: Somebody else had taken them and I had found them dumped in the middle of New Road and I was trying to return them.
The headmaster caught me and asked me: Have you been stealing them?' I was very surprised.
He went to his office and he got his cane. He did not believe me and asked me to bend over. I was in quite a fright and I ran out of the room and he ran after me with his cane.
He did catch me but said that because I had made such an effort to escape, he believed me and did not cane me.
Tagged in this Tour: Harry Potter Tour of London