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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Writer Haggard lived here
The place where King Solomon's Mines was written.
Location: 69 Gunterstone Road, Hammersmith, W14 9BS
Description: This is where Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (18561925), also known as H. Rider Haggard, lived from mid-1885 to April 1888. He was author of romantic adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a leading pioneer of the 'Lost World' literary genre.
It was here in Hammersmith that he completed his most famous novel King Solomon's Mines (published in September 1885). It is true that he accepted a 10% royalty rather than 100 for the copyright.
Haggard was a member of the Athenaeum, Savile, and Authors' clubs and was made a Knight Bachelor in 1912 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919.