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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
Writer Haggard lived here
The place where King Solomon's Mines was written.
Location: 69 Gunterstone Road, Hammersmith, W14 9BS
Description: This is where Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (18561925), also known as H. Rider Haggard, lived from mid-1885 to April 1888. He was author of romantic adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a leading pioneer of the 'Lost World' literary genre.
It was here in Hammersmith that he completed his most famous novel King Solomon's Mines (published in September 1885). It is true that he accepted a 10% royalty rather than 100 for the copyright.
Haggard was a member of the Athenaeum, Savile, and Authors' clubs and was made a Knight Bachelor in 1912 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919.