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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st May 1973 Comedian Noel Fielding, Mighty Boosh, born in Westminster.
21st May 1966 Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Henry Cooper in London
21st May 1950 Born today: Roger Hodgson, London, rocker (Supertramp)
21st May 1920 Born today: Anthony Steel, London, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse)
21st May 1471 King Edward IV enters London and claims the throne.
The Original Hatchard's
Hatchards is the oldest surviving bookshop in Britain.
Location: 173 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EJ
Description: This is the location of the original Hatchard's bookshop - one of the oldest (founded in 1797) and most famous bookshops in Europe - and booksellers to the Royal Household.
Literary figures have always frequented Hatchards - Queen Charlotte, Disraeli, Lord Byron, Wellington, Macaulay, Kipling, Chesteron, Oscar Wilde - and many more.
Aided perhaps by the shortness of his name, Sir Alec Rose, the yachtsman, signed 1250 copies of his book during just one session, a record still unbroken!