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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
Charles de Gaulle lived here
The convent where De Gaulle stayed after Hitler invaded France.
Location: 99 Frognal, Hampstead
Description: Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), leader of the Free French forces during World War Two, lived here with his family from September 1942 to 1944.
He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969.
The first reference to Frognal is as a tenement in the 15th century, highly likely to be right here - on the site of the later Frognal House.
After the war in Crimea, the house became the Sailors' Orphan Girls' Home.
In 1968 the building was converted to a finishing school 1968 and today the building, which dates back to circa 1740, is the home of St. Dorothy's Convent.