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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.
The First ever London Theatre
London's first ever theatre was opened here by James Burbage.
Location: 86-88 Curtain Road
Description: This is the site of the first ever theatre in London, the forerunner of the Globe.
James Burbage's theatre of 1576 featured a troupe including William Shakespeare and some of his plays were believed to have been performed here.
After a lease dispute they knocked it down and took it to the Southbank where they built the Globe Theatre. There was another theatre opened near here the year after called The Curtain.