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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
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.