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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.
St Paul's School
One of the oldest and most celebrated public schools in England.
Location: Lonsdale Road, Barnes
Description: St Paul's Public School was founded in 1509, at the height of the Renaissance in England. It's founder, Dean John Colet of St Paul's Cathedral, intended his friend, Erasmus, to be the first High Master, though that plan never came to fruition.
Originally sited by St Paul's Cathedral, the school moved four times before occupying its present, riverside site in 1968. It has survived the Plague, the Great Fire of London and the Civil War, and in 1870 was one of only two day schools included by the Clarendon Commission as one of the 'nine great public schools' of England.
It's celebrated list of alumni, also called Old Paulines, include John Milton, Samuel Pepys, Edmond Halley, Nicholas Parsons, Sir Clement Freud, Professor Robert Winston, Tim Hunkin, Ben Watt, Patrick Marber.
Modern musicians include Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, and Will Kennard from Chase & Status.