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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
Dirk Bogarde was born here
Famous actor Dirk Bogarde was born here.
Location: 12 Hemstal Road, West Hampstead
Description: Celebrated actor Sir Dirk Bogarde was born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde in a nursing home here on the 28th March 1921. His father was Belgian and his mother Scottish.
He was baptised down the road on 30 October at St. Mary's Church in Kilburn, and went to school at University College School in Hampstead, before going to College in Glasgow.
His acting career started shortly before the start of World War II with a West End role in J. B. Priestley's play Cornelius.
After the war he won a contract with film producers Rank and his career took flight.