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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)
28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)
28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London
28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.
Norman Wisdom lived here
This is where England's favourite clown Norman Wisdom grew up.
Location: 91 Fernhead Road, Maida Vale
Description: Everyone's favourite comedian and clown Norman Wisdom (19152010) was born to Frederick, a chauffeur, and Maud Wisdom, a dressmaker who often worked for West End theatres.
They lived here in one room and raised in severe poverty and he and his brother were allegedly abused by their father.
Norman once said I was born in very sorry circumstances. Both of my parents were very sorry.
Fellow Londoner Charlie Chaplin once referred to Wisdom as his favourite clown.
A blue plaque was unveiled here on Sunday 6th March 2011 by comedian Mike Read.