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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
Museum Bomb Coincidence
This is where an amazingly lucky war time coincidence occured.
Location: Edward VII Gallery, British Museum
Description: During one raid in World War II a bomb fell through the gallery roof, made a hole in the floor and failed to explode in the rooms beneath.
Some time afterwards, during another raid, a second bomb fell through the same hole and also failed to explode!
The reading room was kept open throughout the war, a great achievement.
The Edward VII galleries in the centre of the North Front were built from 1906-14 to the design of Sir John James Burnet and now houses the Asian and Islamic collections.