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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th January 1936 Born today: Noel Harrison, London, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE)
26th January 1926 Television first demonstrated by John Logie Baird in London.
26th January 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony, premieres in London
26th January 1904 Wealthy mining entrepreneur Whitaker Wright is convicted of fraud and immediately commits suicide by swallowing cyanide at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Millicent Fawcett Statue
The first female statue in Parliament Square.
Location: Parliament Square, Westminster
Description: This statue of Millicent Fawcett was erected in Parliament Square on 24th April 2018, after a campaign to erect the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square. The campaign, led by Caroline Criado Perez, had more than 84,000 signatures. It is also the first in Parliament Square by a woman.
The statue by Gillian Wearing holds a banner with a quote from a speech she gave in the aftermath of Emily Davison's death during the 1913 Epsom Derby. It reads Courage calls to courage everywhere.
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (18471929) was a feminist and author, primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women's suffrage.
She became president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 (the moment depicted in the statue) until 1919, and in July 1901 she led the British government's commission to South Africa investigating conditions in the concentration camps that had been created there after the Second Boer War.
The names and images of these 55 women and four men are listed on the base of the statue; they also supported women's suffrage:
Louisa Garrett Anderson
Margery Corbett Ashby
Rosa May Billinghurst
Ada Nield Chew
Frances Power Cobbe
Emily Wilding Davison
Margaret Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda
Priscilla Bright McLaren
Edith Mansell Moullin
Maud Palmer, Countess of Selborne
Agnes Maude Royden
Sophia Duleep Singh