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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Home of 999 murderer
This is where murderer Fred Browne was living.
Location: 33a Sisters Avenue, Lavender Hill
Description: Fred Browne and his wife rented two rooms here on 24th September 1927, and 3 days later he coerced his prison pal Pat Kennedy to catch a train into Billericay, steal a car, and drive it back to London.
The bungled plan went wrong when a policeman, PC Gutteridge, waved the car down and Browne shot the policeman twice and then shot him twice again through each eye by the side of the road.
The car was found and forensics linked it back to Browne and they were both arrested, imprisoned and executed on 31st May 1928.
When the body of PC Gutteridge was found by the local postman the following morning he had to ride miles to find a phonebox and even then he couldnt get through to the local police station and the operator refused his second call to another station in Ongar. His frustrations and the delay in raising the alarm led to the start of the 999 service 10 years later.