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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

The Spaghetti House Siege



The Spaghetti House Siege

The scene of a 5 day armed robbery/siege.

Location: 77 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RB

Description: This Italian restaurant was the scene of something of the movies back in 1975. For five days, six hostages were held by armed robbers in the cellar of Spaghetti House before being released.

It all started on the 28th September 1975 when nine staff of the long running chain (still open today) gathered downstairs to collect the week's takings amounting to almost 13,000.

Three men burst in on them and led the all Italian staff, down into a small basement storeroom, although one man managed to escape and alert the police who quickly swooped and assessed the situation.

The gunmen held them in a cramped and hot but well-stocked storeroom. They eventually released two hostages who had became ill. After 5 days they released the others safely and handed themselves in to police without a struggle.


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The Spaghetti House Siege

The scene of a 5 day armed robbery/siege.


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