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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Musical coal man lived here
This was where Thomas Britton, father of musical concerts lived.
Location: Jerusalem Passage, Clerkenwell, London
Description: This was where Thomas Britton, a small-coal man, and the founder of modern concerts worked and lived.
During the day he hawked coal about the streets and in the evening, retiring to his humble abode, and making all as clean and tidy as he could, then he would assemble round him singers and players who could join in a concert.
His voice was so musical, and his taste so good, that his coal-shed concerts
became attractive to persons far above his own station in life. Dr. Pepusch
the musician, the great Handel, Woollaston the painter, Hughes the poet were among the guests; and not unfrequently the beautiful and witty Duchess of Queensberry would enjoy a coal-shedful of beautiful music.
He was nicknamed The Musical Coalman!