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ON THIS DAY 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.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Earl's Court's Escalators
This is where Bumper Harris tested escalators for the 1st time.
Location: Earl's Court Road, Earl's Court
Description: Earl's Court station is grade II listed and was opened on 12 April 1869 for what is now the District Line, anbd gradually opened other platforms and lines over the next few years.
In 1911 London Underground's first escalators were installed here on brand new passageways beneath the surface platforms down to the rail platforms.
There are stories (without much substance it appears) of a one-legged man named Bumper Harris travelling all day on the escalator to demonstrate its safety.