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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
Percy Lambert: Fastest Man
The grave of the first man to cover 100 miles in 1 hour.
Location: Brompton Cemetary, Brompton, Kensington
Description: This humble monument is the tombstone of the grave of the first man to cover 100 miles in one hour.
The record was set at Brooklands on 15 February 1913 when driving his 4.5 litre sidevalve Talbot - he actually covered 103 miles and 1470 yards in sixty minutes.
Percy E. Lambert was a legendary racing driver at Brooklands race track at the start of the 20th century. He was killed attempting to regain his land speed record when his tyre burst causing a terrible crash. This happened two weeks before Percy was due to marry his fiancee and give up racing.
He was buried in a streamlined coffin to match his car here - his epitaph reads: A modest friend, a fine gentleman and a thorough sportsman. The first man to cover 100 miles in one hour. Killed by accident at Brooklands Motor Racing Track whilst attempting further records.
Ghost stories seem to follow Mr. Lambert, Brooklands in Surrey is subject to the stories as is this area around his grave!