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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
17th December 1936 Born today: Tommy Steele, London, singer/actor ( a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow)
17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
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