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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
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