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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.
The London Cage, WW2 torture
The London Cage was based here for British torture/interrogation
Location: 7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QS
Description: Although this street is known as one of the most exclusive and expensive addresses in the World, they are mostly London embassies for the World's nations.
Numbers 6,7 and 8 have a decidely interesting wartime past when they were home to one of the country's most secret military operations - the London Cage.
It was run by MI19 between 1940 and 1948 where the War Office would glean as much information as possible from prisoners of war. Very few inside and outside the organisation knew this was occuring here during the war.
It was used partly as a torture chamber, with 3573 German officers and soldiers - many being subjected to systematic abuse.
The Cage was run by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Scotland, who had served in Namibia and was awarded the OBE for his interrogation techniques. It was his memoirs that lifted the lid on what happened here. But not before the book had heavily been censored.
The torture allegations continued to surface long after the end of the war, with stavation, verbal & physical abuse, electrical devices, and other unsubstantiated techniques.