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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
1st Kenyan President lived here
Jomo Kenyatta, 1st Kenyan president and Kenyan hero lived here.
Location: 95 Cambridge Street, Pimlico
Description: Jomo Kenyatta was born in the area now known as Kenya around 1890, entering politics in 1924.
He came to England in 1931 and lived here while he studied and wrote a book of local Kenyan customs.
He returned to Kenya in 1947 where his party was arrested and jailed for 6 years before being his conviction was annulled.
Upon his return from exile in 1961 Kenyatta was appointed to the legislative
council of the Kenya African National Movement (KANU). The party stood in
the general elections of 1963 and won 67% of the vote, forming Kenyas first
autonomous government. Following the declaration of Kenyan Independence
in December of the same year, Kenyatta became Kenyas first president
a position he held until his death.
Kenyatta died in 1978 in Mombasa and today remains a Kenyan national hero.