Originally Posted by ardecila
That's odd. I wouldn't expect Brits to know any more about Abraham Lincoln than I do about Oliver Cromwell (that is, not very much).
New Orleans has a statue of Simon Bolivar, which is equally weird
I suppose there is so much history in London that it tends to get forgotten about.
Such as the East End streets of Stepney in London where a young Joseph Stalin lived, and was badly beaten by Irish dockers after propositioning a young Irish girl for sex.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin also lived in London and it was in London that Lenin and Stalin are believed to have first met and where they met up with fellow Russian Leon Trotsky.
The Carlton Hotel in London where Ho Chi Minh worked, Minh later returned to Vietnam and became leader of the communist forces.
Ghandi also lived in London
Adolf Hitler also had family in England and his nephew was born in London.
Osama Bin Laden applied for asylum in London, his family being millionaire property developers. Bin Laden lived in London for a period in the 1990's.
More recently Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (son of the Libyan Leader) attended the London School of Economics
There are numerous such historical events - all largely washed away in the massive tide of history that engulfs cities such as London.
Rather ironic though that as well as being host to many great American figures, London also played host to the seeds of communism (Karl Marx lived in London and is buried at Highgate), the seeds of the cold war, the seeds of the Vietnam War and the seeds of the current War on Terror.
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Karl Marx's Grave - Highgate Cemetery - North London