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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
A Great Oak at Charing Cross
An Oak Tree at Charing Cross station since 1987
Location: Charing Cross
Description: In 1987 There was the worst storm in England since 1703. Winds of upto 120 mph were recorded and an estimated 15 million trees were blown down in this country.
A National appeal went out to plant new trees and the oak tree outside Charing Cross station was one of them.
It stands by a black phone box and a plaque on a nearby stone column gives details of the event.