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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)
Serial Killer's former home
This was the former home of Dennis Nilsen, gay serial killer.
Location: 195 Melrose Avenue, Cricklewood, London
Description: When police caught serial killer Dennis Nilsen in 1983 in Muswell Hill, they found that his former home (here) had been where 13 undiscovered murders had taken place.
Over the following days and weeks police recovered bones from about eight different bodies from the land around Melrose Avenue.
In spite of initially admitting to 16 murders Nilsen denied six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the Central Criminal Court in October.
Later in 1983 he was charged with 12 murders and sentenced to six life sentences.