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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Bring Me Sunshine....
Eric Morecambe - Blue plaque unveiled on 14th May 1995.
Location: 85 Torrington Park, N12
Description: The late and great comic genius that was Eric Morecambe OBE will be forever remembered just by walking past this spot - here The Heritage Foundation unveiled a plaque on the 14th May 1995.
Eric Morecambe was the complete entertainer - after leaving school at 12 to pursue a career in show business, a talent show win organised by The Melody Maker and auditions for Jack Hylton in Manchester in 1939...was the start of his career with Ernie, it was here that he met Ernest Wiseman for the first time.
This meeting paved the way for the iconic partnership that it became, and will remain, entertainment history.
Up until his untimely death on May 28th 1984, Eric and Ern were the people's favourites and perhaps the greatest entertainers of the their generation. Apart from inspiring greats of today like Vic Reeves, Eric amongst many accolades was voted 'Pipe Smoker Of The Year' in 1970...what a legend!