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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
Balcombe Street Siege
This was the scene of the Balcombe Street IRA siege of 1975.
Location: 21 Balcombe St, Marylebone, London, NW1 6HE
Description: This little street just off Baker Street found itself in 1975 at the epicentre of the famous Balcombe Street Siege in which four armed IRA bombers held an old couple hostage for six days.
They were spotted and chased through the West End before leaving the car and running down Balcombe Street. The siege was actually centred on flat 22b.