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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
17th December 1936 Born today: Tommy Steele, London, singer/actor ( a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow)
17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
Rugby Was Born Here
Rector William Webb-Ellis invented the great game in mid 1900s
Location: St Clement Danes Church, Strand, WC2R 1DH
Description: It was from here in the mid 19th century that the rector William Webb-Ellis inadvertently invented the great game that is Rugby.
It was whilst playing a game of football that the tall sturdy man caught the ball, and 'with a fine disregard for the rules of the game as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive features of rugby'!
Well I never, at the time I'm certain he got some strange and angry looks, but in hindsight the boy did well!