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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Drury Lanes Pantomime Fountain
This is where mr pantomime Augustus Harris is commemorated.
Location: Catherine St , London, WC2B 5JF
Description: The fountain here at the entrance to the Drury Lane Theatre contains a design of the common Masonic emblems - the square and compasses. Its a publicly funded memorial to Sir Augustus Harris, who became the lessee of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1879.
Harris was was initiated into the freemasons in 1875 in the lodge of St Clair in Edinburgh, and by 1879 managed this theatre as well as Covent Garden, The Olympic and Her Majesty's. He was also the Sheriff of the city of London and was knighted in 1891.
He founded the Drury Lane Lodge which met at the Drury Lane Theatre, and he was appointed treasurer of the Grand Lodge in 1890.
His lasting legacy is probably as The Father of Modern pantomime, where he took them to a spectacular level never been seen before.
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012