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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
17th December 1936 Singer Tommy Steele, born in Bermondsey, London.
17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
Writers Poison Umbrella Stabbing
Bulgarian writer stabbed by poison umbrella here in 1978.
Location: Waterloo Bridge, London
Description: On the 11th September 1978 writer and broadcaster Georgi Markov died of blood poisoning, four days after he said he was stabbed with an umbrella at a London bus stop here.
Mr Markov, who defected to the West in 1969, said he had felt a stinging pain in his leg while waiting for a bus on Waterloo Bridge, and turned to see an unidentified man picking up an umbrella.
But his publisher, David Farrer, said Mr Markov was a highly political animal who knew he was a possible target for assassination.