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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th July 1968 Beatle's animated film Yellow Submarine premieres in London
17th July 1965 Born today: Alex Winter, London England, actor (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
17th July 1958 Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, premieres in London
17th July 1949 Born today: Mick Tucker, London, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden)
17th July 1947 Born today: Camilla Parker-Bowles, London England, Prince Charles' wife.
17th July 1909 Born today: Hardy Amies, London England, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II)
17th July 1894 Born today: Mary Clare, London England, actress (Evil Mind, Young and Innocent)
17th July 1717 George Frideric Handel's The Water Music premiered when King George I requested a concert on a barge on the River Thames.
Charlton's The Valley
This is where Charlton Football Club play their home games.
Location: Floyd Road, Charlton, SE7 8BL
Description: The Valley is Charlton Athletic Football Club's 27,111-capacity sports stadium dating back to 1919.
After years without a proper home they bought an old abandoned sand and chalk pit here and volunteers, fans and club members dug out the pitch here, using the removed earth to build banked terraces. The final result looked Valley-esque hence the name of the ground.
They moved out for the 192324 season with hope of a merger at Catford on the cards, but it fell through and they came back home.
For many years, the ground was the largest Football League ground in London - with a capacity of up to 75,000. The huge East Stand (or rather bank) was by far the largest stand in English football.
In 1985 Charlton left the Valley again, entering into the first official ground-sharing solution in The Football League, with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park for 3 seasons before moving home again.
It also holds the record for the official loudest rock concert ever: The Who, 31 May 1976, measuring 126db at a distance of 32 metres (105 ft) from the speakers.