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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
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.