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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th June 1962 Born today: Amanda Donohoe, London, actress (CJ Lamb-LA Law)
29th June 1943 Born today: Roger Ruskin Spear, London Eng, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band)
29th June 1858 Great fire in London harbor
29th June 1688 Seven bishops are acquitted at the tower after censure from James II
Murder of Kelso Cochrane
The unsolved murder of Kelso Cochrane happened here.
Location: 36 Golborne Road, Kilburn
Description: This is the place where Antiguan immigrant Kelso Cochrane was murdered on the 17th May 1959. His murder remains unsolved.
He was a carpenter and after fracturing his thumb in a work-related accident, he attended Paddington General Hospital. While walking home, shortly after midnight, he was set upon by a group of white youths, who stabbed him. He was taken back to hospital where he later died.
The race riots had kicked off the previous year and it sparked further debate.
1959 also saw activist Claudia Jones organise an event to celebrate Caribbean culture in the face of the hate from the white racists, which are seen as forerunners of the first Notting Hill Carnival in 1964.