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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th January 1996 6,138th performance of Cats is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, A Chorus Line
29th January 1944 285 German bombers attack London
29th January 1850 Born today: Ebenezer Howard, London, pioneer of garden cities
29th January 1798 Born today: Henry Neele, London, poet
29th January 1728 John Gays' Beggar's Opera, premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]
A Very Long Speech
Rt Hon Henry Peter Brougham - 6 Hour Marathon In 1828
Location: House of Commons, SW1A 0AA
Description: Over the years there have been many speeches performed in the House of Commons but none more tedious than in 1828.
In February of this year the Rt Hon Henry Peter Brougham spoke continuously for 6 hours on the ideals of Law Reform.
This brilliant lawyer did more of the same in the House of Lords when he performed another 6 hour marathon fuelled throughout by generous draughts of mulled port, finally falling to his knees and lifting up his voice in prayer. What a guy!