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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
David Niven was born here
The birth place of the Queen Mother and David Niven.
Location: 35-37 Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia, SW1W 0BS
Description: David Niven (1910-1983, the British Actor known for his caddish English gent persona was born here in Belgrave Mansions (now Grosvenor Gardens). He was born on March 1st, St David's Day - whom he was named after.
Niven often claimed that he was born in Kirriemuir, in the county of Angus in 1909, but his birth certificate showed this was not true.
He is best known for his roles as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and Sir Charles Lytton (the Phantom) in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor in Separate Tables.
The Queen Mother (portrayed by Helena Bonham-Carter in The King's Speech) was also born here on 4 August 1900.