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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)
28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)
28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London
28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.
Dr James Barry's Secret
The celebrated doctor who held a lifelong secret.
Location: 14 Margaret Street
Description: The acclaimed Dr James Barry lived here towards the end of his life and eventually died here on July 25th, 1865.
He was born in Ireland, and he studied at University of Edinburgh Medical School gaining his MD in 1812. His birth date is unclear but between 1889 and 1899 (which certainly would make him a child prodigy).
After moving to London he successfully took the examination for the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and subsequently qualifying as a Regimental Assistant. This enabled him to take posts with the British Army in Plymouth, India, Malta, Canada, Mauritius, Trinidad, and South Africa.
In the latter he performed one of the first successful Caesarean sections.
He retired in 1864 and returned to England, where he died from dysentery on 25th July 1865. In examination of his body, it was found that he had been born a woman (later identified as being born as Margaret Ann Bulkley).
Later it turned out that Barry was the niece of James Barry the painter.