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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
History of Claridges
Claridges, hotel to the rich, royal and famous.
Location: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
Description: Claridge’s first seed was sown in 1812, when James Mivart opened a hotel in the house at 51 Brook Street. By 1838, Mivart owned a row of five consecutive houses, knocking through to create one large hotel.
King Peter of Yugoslavia, exiled from his country in 1941 came to reside here. His son, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia was born in Suite 212 in July 1945.
Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill declared the suite Yugoslav territory, and legend has it that a spadeful of Yugoslav earth was placed under the bed so that the heir to the throne could literally be born on Yugoslav soil.
Kate Moss held her 30th birthday party in a suite here with a Thirties theme. thirty security guards allowing guests using the code words “big 3-0” to enter the exclusive Claridges hotel in London's Mayfair for a thirty hour long party, where they were greeted with flower presentations with thirty blooms.
Upon entering the party, the star-studded list of guests were confronted with the choice of thirty pounds of Beluga caviar (served by thirty waiters of course) or platters of thirty kinds of fish. In case the guests were thirty, sorry thirsty, there were also thirty cases of vintage Cristal champagne.