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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st January 2006 River Thames Bottlenose Whale found dead near Albert Bridge.

21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.

21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)

21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London

21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London

21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London

21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London

21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.

21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.

Laurie Cunningham lived here



Laurie Cunningham lived here

The childhood home of footballing legend Laurie Cunningham

Location: 73 Lancaster Road, Islington

Description: Laurie Cunningham, the first ever black player to represent England at under-21 level, was born in Brookside Place, Archway, but grew up here in Lancaster Road

At a time when racism was rife at football, Cunningham was the first ever black player to represent England at under-21 level.

By the age of 14 Cunningham had been spotted by Arsenal scouts and was invited to train at Highbury twice a week and trained alongside future Gunners legend Liam Brady. However, he didnt progress beyond schoolboy and Arsenal let him go at the age of 16. He played for Highgate North Hill his manager got him a trial at Leyton Orient where manager George Petchey signed him on the spot, commenting Id never seen a 16-year-old like him before, he could do everything.

As he became sought-after, he moved to West Bromwich Albion. Then two years later in June 1979, his transfer to Real Madrid stunned the football world. He became the first Englishman to play for one of the world's biggest clubs. There he won the League and Cup Double in his first season and reached the European Cup Final in 1981 where Madrid lost to Liverpool.

Sadly Cunningham died in a car crash in Madrid in 1989, and he became only the second ever footballer to have been recognised with a blue plaque (after Bobby Moore).


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Laurie Cunningham lived here

The childhood home of footballing legend Laurie Cunningham


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