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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Mr Morse and his special Code
The man who helped create the Morse code lived here
Location: 141 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 6QC
Description: Not only was 'Samuel Finley Breese Morse' an accomplished painter, but as his name might suggest, he did something else pretty spectacular!
He was a co-inventor of the Morse code - an American contributor to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs.
Samuel F.B. Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on 27 April 1791, he went on to Yale College to receive instruction in the subjects of religious philosophy, mathematics and science of horses.
But it was not until a sea voyage home in 1832, Morse encountered Charles Thomas Jackson of Boston, a man who was well schooled in electromagnetism. Witnessing various experiments with Jackson's electromagnet, Morse developed the concept of a single-wire telegraph.
And so 'Morse code' was born.
Samuel Morse lived at this address from 1812 to 1815 - a blue plaque adorns the property.