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The Rolling Stones London Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th March 1988 Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones was born in London.

24th March 1947 Businessman Alan Sugar (The Apprentice, Amstrad), was born in Hackney, East London.

24th March 1888 Born today: Jameson Thomas, London England, actor (Farmer's Wife)

24th March 1834 Pioneering textile designer and artist William Morris was born in Walthamstow.go to related location

24th March 1792 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London

Jonas Hanway's Handy Gadget



Jonas Hanway's Handy Gadget

First Englishman in London to use an umbrella - 1750.

Location: Hanway House, Red Lion Square, WC1R

Description: A long time ago, 1750 to be exact, Jonas Hanway did a fine thing for Londoner's everywhere... he will go down in history as the first Englishman to use an umbrella in London.

As an intrepid explorer and traveller of Russia and Persia, it seems nothing could have prepared him for the 'scorn of the mob' that he endured when using this strange rain deflector.

But of course...by the time of his death in 1786, umbrella's were in common use and completely indispensable!

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