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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Giro the Nazi Dog
The last resting place of the Nazi alsatian Giro.
Location: 9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
Description: Ambassador from 1932-6 was Dr Leopold von Hoesch, buried him here in what was formerly the front garden to number 9, now a small space between the Duke of York steps and the garage ramp - the tombstone, bearing the inscription Giro: ein treuer Begleiter! (Giro: a true companion!) can still be seen.
Hoesch died in office in 1935 and, as a last remnant of the Weimar days, was accorded a full diplomatic funeral with a 19-gun salute in St James's Park.
The distinctive doorknobs are certainly characteristic of German design of the time, and the marble on the current main staircase is said to have been a gift from Mussolini.
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