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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd April 1991 Two trains collided on the DLR at West India Quay.
22nd April 1930 US, Britain and Japan sign London Naval Treaty
22nd April 1925 Born today: George Cole, London England, actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers)
22nd April 1899 Born today: Martyn Green, London, actor (Gilbert and Sullivan, Iceman Cometh)
22nd April 1823 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
22nd April 1737 William Hicks (MP for Wallingford) was attacked by highwayman Dick Turpin and associate in a coach travelling to London through Epping Forest.
Star Wars Artist born here
This is where cinematic make-up artist Stuart Freeborn was born.
Location: 351 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11 4AQ
Description: Born in this house in 1914 was Stuart Freeborn, a renowned make-up artist who worked on the original Star Wars films creating the iconic characters Yoda and Chewbacca. In early 2016 a blue heritage plaque was erected on the house in his honour.
It states that The acclaimed motion picture make-up artist, often referred to as the grandfather of modern make-up design, was born in this house. Perhaps best known for his work on the original Star Wars trilogy, most notably in creating the characters of Yoda and Chewbacca.
Early on he studied chemistry to find out which plastics were safe on human skin, and went on to work on more than 75 films in his career. Films included A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove. He was also artist to the stars of the 40's and 50's including Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Vivien Leigh and Gregory Peck.
He died in February 2013 aged 98.