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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th April 1993 1000 kg heavy IRA car bomb explodes in London, killing 1

24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)

24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)

24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).

24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.

The Elephant Man lived here



The Elephant Man lived here

Joesph Merrick, cruelly dubbed the Elephant man lived here.

Location: The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB

Description: Joseph Carey Merrick was born in Leicester in 1862 and before he was two he had began to develop tumors on his face.

Most of his life he unemployable, destitute, and stripped of all his self-worth by the ignorance of the people of the day.


Joseph Merrick suffered from a rare disease which was not actually the elephantiasis that provided his unfortunate nickname. But The Proteus Syndrome Man or even worse, The Neurofibromatosis Man, wouldn't be a very good movie title, so the misdiagnosis probably worked out for the best.

He earned some money as part of a show but his real value was to the medical profession, and it was here that they offered him a permanent home on the ground floor of the East wing.

Joseph died on April 11th, 1890.


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The Elephant Man lived here

Joesph Merrick, cruelly dubbed the Elephant man lived here.


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Amazing! I can-t wait! (h)
Posted by h on 2009-08-29
Opposite the Royal London Hospital, the building where the Elephant Man was exhibited is still standing - also on Whitechapel High Street. (Michelle)
Posted by Michelle on 2008-03-12
I intend to visit london. This rare disease that Joesph had really interests me. I would like to go to London one day to see more on him. (abby)
Posted by abby on 2007-11-21
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