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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
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.