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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
30th April 1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
30th April 1943 Noel Coward's This Happy Breed, premieres in London
30th April 1763 London Journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower
30th April 1695 William Congreve's Love for Love, premieres in London
30th April 1290 Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I was married to the 7th Earl of Gloucester in Westminster Abbey.
The discovery of Penicillin
This is where the Discovery of Penicillin took place.
Location: St Mary's Hospital
Description: Sir Alexander Flemming in his laboratory in the basement of St. Mary's Hospital in London on Friday September 28 1928,(now part of Imperial College) noticed a petri dish containing Staphylococcus plate culture he had mistakenly left open, was contaminated by blue-green mould, which had formed a visible growth, which had inhibited the growth of bacteria.
Fleming concluded that the mould was releasing a substance that was repressing the growth and lysing the bacteria.
Interestingly the pub opposite the hospital most likely contributed to the spread of the fungal spores.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Inventions Tour