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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th August 1990 Actress Rachel Hurd-Wood was born in Streatham, London.
17th August 1968 Actress Helen McCrory was born in Paddington, London.
17th August 1798 Medical pioneer Thomas Hodgkin was born in Pentonville, London.
Spanish Rooms Fire
The scene of one of the most devastating fires in Londons past.
Location: 18 Denmark Place, Tottenham Court Road
Description: This location, recently demolished as part of the crossrail project, was where a late night club resided on the top floor.
Shortly after 2:30am, on the 16th August 1980, John 'The Gypsy' Thompson, a Scottish-born small-time gangster accused the barman of overcharging him for a drink.
Aggrieved, Thompson took a cab to an all-night petrol station in Camden, 20 minutes away, returning with a can of petrol. He poured it through the letterbox and lit the match.
The ensuing fire ripped through the premises killing 37 from all over the world:
DOLAN Peter Alan
LONDONO Luz Mary
SAGASTA-JULDAIN Juan Antonio
SOTO Carlos Alberto
TAYLOR-HARDING Eustace Ralph