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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
Actress Ellen Terry lived here
This is where famous Victorian actress Ellen Terry lived.
Location: 22 Barkston Gardens, SW5
Description: Dame Ellen Terry (18471928) was an English stage actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain in the early 20th century. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She and Irving also toured with great success in America and Britain.
She lived here from 1889 to 1902.
Terry held strong views on the characters she played. She particularly disliked Desdemonas weakness and passivity and believed that Lady Macbeth is no monster. Her strength is all nervous force, her ambition is all for her husband.
Among the members of her famous family is her great nephew, John Gielgud.