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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th July 1977 Hugh Leonard's Da, premieres in London
18th July 1975 Singer and rapper M.I.A. was born Mathangi Arulpragasam in Mitcham, South London.
18th July 1961 Football manager Alan Pardew was born in Wimbledon.
18th July 1955 Born today: Teresa Ann Savoy, London England, actress (Caligula)
18th July 1945 Born today: Danny McCullock, London, rocker (Animals)
18th July 1939 Born today: Brian Auger, London, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis)
18th July 1926 Born today: Jane Hylton, London England, actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak)
18th July 1895 Born today: Marie Ney, London England, actress (Brief Ecstasy, Simba, Witchcraft)
The Birdman of Winchmore Hill
This is where pioneering nature photographer lived.
Location: 96 Green Dragon Lane, Palmers Green, N21 2NJ
Description: This is the house where pioneer wildlife photographer Oliver Pike (1877-1963) lived with his family from 1882 to 1914and worked on his pioneering early natural history photographs and books.
Oliver Pike was probably the first professional wildlife photographer. He pioneered the development of equipment and techniques in still images and cine-film; many of his films are held in the British Film Institute National Archive.
Pike's first film, In Birdland, premiered at the Palace Theatre, London in August 1907, was the first British wildlife film to be screened to a fee paying audience.
Oliver campaigned for the welfare and care of wild creatures and his continuing influence is still felt today in the fields of conservation and protection, Sir David Attenborough regarding him as a 'pioneering figure'.