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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th March 1988 Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones was born in London.

24th March 1947 Businessman Alan Sugar (The Apprentice, Amstrad), was born in Hackney, East London.

24th March 1888 Born today: Jameson Thomas, London England, actor (Farmer's Wife)

24th March 1834 Pioneering textile designer and artist William Morris was born in Walthamstow.go to related location

24th March 1792 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London

Anthony Hopkins Odd Coincidence



Anthony Hopkins Odd Coincidence

The scene of Anthony Hopkins bizarre coincidence story.

Location: Leicester Square Tube station, London

Description: There's a dubious story been doing the rounds about this odd coincidence.

The British actor Anthony Hopkins was delighted to hear that he had landed a leading role in a film based on the book The Girl From Petrovka by George Feifer.

A few days after signing the contract, Hopkins travelled to London to buy a copy of the book. He tried several bookshops, but there wasn't one to be had.

Waiting at Leicester Square underground for his train home, he noticed a book apparently discarded on a bench. Incredibly, it was The Girl From Petrovka.

That in itself would have been coincidence enough but in fact it was merely the beginning of an extraordinary chain of events.

Two years later, in the middle of filming in Vienna, Hopkins was visited by George Feifer, the author. Feifer mentioned that he did not have a copy of his own book.

He had lent the last one - containing his own annotations - to a friend who had lost it somewhere in London. With mounting astonishment, Hopkins handed Feifer the book he had found.

'Is this the one?' he asked, 'with the notes scribbled in the margins?' It was the same book.

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