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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
Statue of Abraham Lincoln
The controversial statue of American legend Abraham Lincoln.
Location: Parliament Square, Westminster
Description: This statue erected in July 1920 and unveiled by the Duke of Connaught is a replica of the Lincoln Statue in Lincoln Park, Chicago by Dublin born sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It celebrates the great links between the UK and the US.
Abraham Lincoln, a great statesman in the United States but also a man with direct family links to Norfolk and the East of England. Lincoln was a great reformer and opposed the expansion of the practice of slavery in the United States. Nicknamed the Great Emancipator, Abe Lincoln was the first Republican President and oversaw the Union effort in the American Civil War.
The statue was originally to be erected in 1914 but due to the break out of war te project got shelved and was revisited in 1919 when controversy broke out. Another Lincoln statue, this time George Gray Barnard's in Cincinatti, was touted as the best. A war of words broke out that divided artists and experts and the original proposal won out.
Tagged in this Tour: Weird photo ops
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012
Tagged in this Tour: American Tour of London