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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.
The Painter Of Light
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born here - a great painter.
Location: 21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E
Description: A prolific artist, better known as just 'Turner', produced over 20,000 paintings and drawings in his lifetime.
In fact, Joseph Mallord William Turner (or the easier JMW Turner), often called 'the painter of light', as well as 'the great pyrotechnist', was born in London, England on April 23, 1775, above his father's barbers shop at 21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
As one of the finest landscape artists, his whose work was even exhibited when he was still a teenager. His entire life was devoted to his art. Unlike many artists of his era, he was successful throughout his career.
And as the precursor to Impressionism he was and is an artist we should always remember.
The house however is now a Porterhouse pub but the road remains the same apart from the opening onto Bedford Road.