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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
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.