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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
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.