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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th September 1924 Born today: Sheila MacRae, London England, actress (Jackie Gleason Show)
24th September 1918 Born today: Richard Hoggart, author/warden (Goldsmith's College London)
24th September 1917 Born today: William Putnam Bundy, London, editor (Lvaggerier and Vagaries)
24th September 1853 Northern Daily Times, 1st provincial daily newspaper, starts in London
24th September 1717 Horace Walpole, art historian and gothic author was born in London.
Sir John Dankworth lived here
The jazz legend lived here during his youth.
Location: 16 Hollywood Way, Highams Park
Description: This is the childhood home of jazz legend Sir John Dankworth (1927-2010). He was a saxophonist and clarinetist, and played with jazz icons such as Charlie Parker and scored a number of films. He was born here to a house of musicians and attended Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow nearby.
He was described as the UK's 'first major jazz musician' and a plaque was unveiled here in October 2011. Sadly it wasn't very good; featuring a spelling mistake 'Saxophinist' and the nickname he disliked 'Johnny'. It was replaced in 2013.
He was married to acclaimed scat singer Dame Cleo Laine who unveiled both plaques.