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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th July 1947 Born today: Brian May, London, rock guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions)
19th July 1941 Winston Churchill launched V for Victory campaign.
19th July 1821 The Coronation of George IV in Westminster Abbey.
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