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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th July 1985 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
16th July 1939 Born today: Corin Redgrave, London, actor (Excalibur, Man For All Seasons)
16th July 1924 Conference over German recovery payments begins in London
16th July 1877 Spencer Gore wins the first ever Wimbledon tennis tournament - after 3 days rain delay.
16th July 1377 The Coronation of Richard II in Westminster Abbey.
Actor Boris Karloff born here
Legendary horror actor Boris Karloff was born here.
Location: 36 Forest Hill Rd, East Dulwich, SE22 0RR
Description: Actor Boris Karloff (1887-1969), real name William Henry Pratt, was born not in the laboratory of a remote eastern European castle on a stormy night, but in leafy Dulwich into a respectable family of diplomats.
Though famous for playing a grunting monster made of reassembled body parts, he was in fact a thoroughly well-spoken Englishman: mild-mannered, a keen cricketer and gardener.
His birthplace is now a Turkish restaurant, with an entrance adorned by Karloffian memorabilia.
Karloff starred in as Frankenstein’s monster three times, in the 1931 original, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ in 1935 and ‘Son of Frankenstein’ in 1939.