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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st May 1973 Comedian Noel Fielding, Mighty Boosh, born in Westminster.
21st May 1966 Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Henry Cooper in London
21st May 1950 Born today: Roger Hodgson, London, rocker (Supertramp)
21st May 1920 Born today: Anthony Steel, London, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse)
21st May 1471 King Edward IV enters London and claims the throne.
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