Per my previous post reference the unfortunate Spencer Perceval, another bicentenary this year is that of the birthday of Robert Browning, a Londoner of Note. In fact it is today. Many happy returns to him.
I am most tickled by a very early Edison sound recording of Browning, made in 1889. You can listen to here. Sounds like he may have had a few at the time, but I find it amazing that we can actually listen to the voice of a man who was born before Waterloo.