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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
Hawksmoor's St George's Church
The Bloomsbury church with it's unique steeple and George I.
Location: Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury
Description: St George's Bloomsbury is the 6th and final London church designed by the leading architect of the English Baroque, Nicholas Hawksmoor. It dates to a consecration in 1731, and has recently been extensively renovated and reopened to the public in 2006.
The statue of George I at its pinnacle was paid for by William Hucks; parishioner, MP for Abingdon and royal brewer. At the time George I wasn't popular and two other statues were torn down by the public, this one survived out of reach of the people.
The statue sits proudly on top of a stepped pyramid whose design was based upon Plinys description of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Turkey).
In 1913, St George's the church was the setting for the memorial service for Emily Davison, the suffragette who threw herself under the Kings horse in the Derby.
In 1937, St George's Church held a special service of remembrance for those killed during the Abyssinian War which was attended by Haile Selassie.
Artist William Hogarth's famous Gin Lane (1751), with the spire of St Georges clearly visible towards the top of the picture, gives us an idea of the squalor and despair that characterised the area in the 18th century.