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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st February 1966 Born today: Wendy James, London England, vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
21st February 1966 Born today: Bronwen Booth, London, actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil)
21st February 1923 Andre Charlots musical Rats, premieres in London
21st February 1910 John Galsworthy's Justice, premieres in London
21st February 1909 John Galsworthy's Strife, premieres in London
Balham Tube Bomb
This is where a terrible bombs killed scores in 1940.
Location: 190 Balham High Road, Balham
Description: Here in the middle of the road is the location of one of the most symbolic photos of the blitz. On the 14th October 1940, at 8pm a 1400kg semi-armour piercing fragmentation bomb fell on the road here causing catastrophic damage.
It's directly above the northern end of Balham Tube Stations platform tunnels, which were being used an air raid shelter. A double decker bus then crashed into the crater, although no one aboard was killed.
The water mains burst and the sewers above, which filled the cross-passages into the southbound platform tunnel with seven million litres. The flooding and debris was so terrible that 68 people lost their lives. The flooding reached to within 91 meters of Clapham South.