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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
Blood donation founder's house
Founder of blood donation service Percy Lane Oliver lived here.
Location: 5 Colyton Road, London
Description: Percy Lane Oliver (1878-1944), founder of the first voluntary blood donor service, lived and worked here.
He was born at St Ives, Cornwall, the son of parents Edward & Jane Oliver who moved to Peckham in the early 1880s where his father was a schoolmaster.
He was a founder member of the Camberwell Division of the Red Cross, and started the first blood donor panel in 1921. By the outbreak of World War II he had created a blood transfusion network covering the whole of the United Kingdom.