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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
The Pillars of Hercules
This pub is famous is named in Dicken's Tale of Two Cities.
Location: 7 Greek St, London, W1D 4DJ
Description: There has been a pub on this site since 1733, though the present building dates from 1913.
There are various literary connections with this pub, ranging from the old, with Casanova, and Thomas De Quincey, to the modern with Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes.
A lesser known poet Francis Thompson who in 1887 was living rough in Soho, addicted to opium. He sent off a scruffy parcel of poems to a publisher, care of Charring Cross Post Office. The publisher was so impressed he searched Soho for the talented poet and found him in the doorway of The Pillars of Hercules, totally stoned on opium.
Charles Dickens referred to it in A Tale Of Two Cities and the road at the side of the pub through the arch is named Manette Street, after Dr Mannette, one of the characters from that book.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London