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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The first ever shopping area with electric lights.
Location: Electric Avenue, Brixton, London
Description: This was the first electric shopping area in London, built in the 1880s and now host to Brixton Market.
Electric Avenue inspired the name of Eddy Grant's #2 hit of 1983 from the album Killer on the Rampage. The song describes the problems in the world as seen by Eddy Grant.
In April 1999, a homemade nail bomb exploded in the market, injuring 48 people, including a security guard who was trying to move disbelieving shoppers and a 14-year-old boy who picked the bomb up and carried it away from the crowds. The bomb was one of three detonated by far-right extremist David Copeland in attacks aimed at London's black, Asian, and gay communities.