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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)
28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)
28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London
28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.
Gaiety Theatre & Marconi House
This is where Marconi and the BBC broadcast the first TV service
Location: Citibank House, 336/337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HB
Description: This is where the original Gaiety Theatre stood until it became the London HQ of the Marconi Group in 1908 from where Marconi, set up 2LO the first commercial broadcasting station in London in 1922.
In the same year the BBC (British Broadcasting Company), from this station on the top floor of this building wing, started the first regular, licensed, programmed and advertised broadcasting service in the world.
Today it's a Norman Foster designed hotel featuring over 150 rooms and amazing rooftop terrace bar which becomes a club at night.