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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
The Faraday Memorial
The quirky memorial to local electricity pioneer Michael Faraday
Location: Elephant and Castle Roundabout
Description: The odd Michael Faraday Memorial is a monument to the Victorian scientist who lived nearby.
The striking stainless steel box-shaped structure was designed by Brutalist architect Rodney Gordon in 1959. Two years later it was installed here on the centre of the northern roundabout of the depressing Elephant and Castle gyratory system.
It's Grade II listed and contains rather suitably the London Underground electrical substation for the Northern Line and Bakerloo Line. It was formerly intended to be glass encased but that was never going to last, so steel won it in the long term.