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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
Samuel Pepys lived here and his ghost is said to haunt here.
Location: 12 Buckingham Street, Westminster, London, WC2N 6DF
Description: Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), diarist and secretary of the Admiralty, lived here 1679-1688 to live with his friend and former secretary William Hewer and lived there until 1688, when he moved next door to number 14 and where he lived until 1701, when he retired to Clapham.
Pepys' blurred, smiling phantom was reported near the staircase of the building several times in 1953.
No 12 Buckingham Street is now home to the Regent London English Language Training School.
There is a plaque outside, affixed in 1947. Oddly, there is also a rather similar plaque on the house next door too.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London