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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Charlie Chaplin's Home
One of comedian Charlie Chaplin's childhood homes.
Location: 289 Kennington Road, Kennington, WC2E 7LB
Description: When future cinema legend Charlie Chaplin was 9 (this was 1898) his mother was committed to an asylum, and Charlie and his brother went to stay with their estranged father here in Kennington Road.
Chaplin senior resided here with his mistress, Louise, and their small son, who was four years younger than Charlie.
When his mother Hannah was released, he left and went to stay with her.