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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Born today: Angela Lansbury, London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

Zimbabwe House: Falling Penis



Zimbabwe House: Falling Penis

The site where a man was hit by a falling stone penis.

Location: Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand,

Description: Zimbabwe House at 429 Strand in central London is the Zimbabwean Embassy.

The building was built by architect Charles Holden in 1907-8 as the headquarters of the British Medical Association and featured a series of sculptures by Jacob Epstein representing the Ages of Man, his first major commission in London.

The nakedness of many of these male sculptures was initially shocking to Edwardian sensibilities and provoked considerable controversy at the time. Father Bernhard Vaughn, a member of the National Vigilance Society raged in the paper that:

As a Christian in a Christian City, I claim the right to say that I object most emphatically to such indecent statuary being thrust upon my view.


In the 1930's a gentleman pedestrian was struck on the head by a falling stone phallus from one of the statues, and the other statues were also rendered eunuch's to prevent similar mishaps.

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Zimbabwe House: Falling Penis

The site where a man was hit by a falling stone penis.


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