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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)
The Colonnade Town House
This is where Alan Turing was born in 1921.
Location: 2 Warrington Crescent, London, W91ER
Description: Originally built as two private homes in the 1800s, this hotel has experienced life as a hospital - the original and highly unusual lift which was used to carry stretchers and trolleys up to the operating theatre still works - and a ladies dormitory.
The mathematician responsible for breaking the Enigma code, Alan Turing, was born here in 1921, and the original bed constructed for John F. Kennedy's state visit in 1962 is still here.
From the Freud suite - Sigmund the world famous psychoanalyst visited this in 1938 en route to buying his Hampstead home.