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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
Comedian Little Tich lived here
Victorian comedian Little Tich lived and died here.
Location: 93 Shirehall Park, Hendon, London
Description: Victorian comedian Little Tich 1851-1928 (real name Harry Relph) was a music hall entertainer whose career spanned over 40 years.
His trademarks were his miniscule height - he was only 4 feet 6 inches, and his bizarre 6 digits on each hand.
He became well known in music halls for his act involving a pair of 28 inch boots, and later appeared in pantomimes such as Humpty Dumpty and Hop o` my Thumb.
Like all the classic comedians Little Tich could walk on stage and without doing anything make people laugh instantly.
He grew up in Cudham but moved to Hendon later in life when he'd made plenty of money, and died here.