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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th October 1946 Born today: Vicki Hodge, London England, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac)
17th October 1934 Fulham footballing legend Johnny Haynes born in Kentish Town.
17th October 1922 Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
17th October 1814 Meux Brewery disaster at Tottenham Court Road kills 7: drowned by beer.
Author JG Ballard lived here
Dystopian futurologist author JG Ballard lived here.
Location: 36 Old Charlton Road, Shepperton
Description: This ordinary suburban semi is classic Ballard. JG Ballard was one of the 20th century's greatest science fiction writers. His childhood growing up in war-torn Shanghai was the inspiration for his semi-biographical novel Empire of the Sun, made cinematically glorious by Steven Spielberg.
He lived here in all it's 1930's glory for 49 years crafting warped thrillers such as Crash and Cocaine Nights featuring empty swimming pools and abandoned airstrips.