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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
WH Smith lived here
Bookseller and MP WH Smith lived here.
Location: 12c Hyde Park Street, Bayswater
Description: Every high street and station or terminal has one, a WH Smith, the retail king of stationery and newspapers.
William Henry Smith was not just a retail pioneer, but also a very high profile MP and twice was the Secretary of State for War. He later became the Leader of the House of Commons.
Smith (1825-1891) lived here in this unusual and grand white facade mansion.