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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th May 1966 Actress Helena Bonham Carter born in Golders Green, London.
26th May 1951 Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress, premieres in London
26th May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
26th May 1906 The current Vauxhall bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
26th May 1893 Born today: Eugene Goossens, London England, conductor/composer (Perseus)
26th May 1839 The first burial in newly-opened Highgate Cemetery.
Paul Hardcastle's 19
Massive Eighties anti-war song '19' was recorded here.
Location: 98 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, Waltham Forest
Description: Seminal Eighties anti-war hit '19' was recorded here by Paul Hardcastle. It was in his mother's living room that he famously used the short sample from Vietnam Requiem, a documentary about PTSD, specifically sampling the average age of a US soldier in Vietnam.
In 1985 the song spent five weeks at number one and became a massive hit around the world.
Paul Hardcastle has gone to become a jazz legend notching up 12 jazz chart topping singles in the US.