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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.
Gunpowder Plot was foiled here
The plot to blow up the kind & parliament was rumbled here.
Location: Under House of Lords, Westminster
Description: The Gunpowder Plot was foiled here on the evening of the 4th November 1605. The Plan was to have blown up the Upper House [the House of Lords] when the King, lords, bishops and others had been there. In the chaos that followed the death of England's ruling elite, the plotters would launch a rebellion and install a Catholic regime.The Gunpowder Plot by Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy, Guido Fawkes, and other co-conspirators provoked the English government into a series of anti-Catholic measures.They rented a nearby house (much closer than today) and dug a tunnel into the vault beneath the House of Lords. They eventually rented the vault and smuggled across the river by night 36 barrels of gunpowder. However a warning to a political friend to stay away from the House of Lords rumbled them and the discovery was made.All were found and executed.
Tagged in this Tour: London general 2012