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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
Bob Hope was born here
Born the son of a stonemason in the suburb of Eltham
Location: 44 Craigton Road, Eltham, SE9
Description: The American comedian Bob Hope, who became the most recognized profile and talent in the world, was born right here in South London. And indeed, in the entire history of show business, no individual traveled so far -- so often -- to entertain so many.
Bob Hope KBE was born the son of a stonemason right here on this very road in the suburb of Eltham on 29 May 1903, before the family emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1908.
In 1982, the nearby Eltham Little Theatre was renamed the Bob Hope Theatre in his honour, following his donations that saved the theatre from closure. Bob had even visited the theatre in 1980.
Tagged in this Tour: American Tour of London