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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
HMV's first Celebrity Opening
HMV's first store in London, and first celebrity opening.
Location: 363 Oxford Street, W1Y
Description: The first HMV was opened at 363 Oxford Street in 1921 by composer Sir Edward Elgar.
This was the first known instance of a celebrity opening a retail outlet, and Edward seemed as good as any.
Customers had to make appointments and were received in 'salons' to listen to the latest releases...now that is rather civilised.
Later in 1961, the Beatles cut their first demo at the in-store studio, but alas by 2000, the Beatles were no more and nor was this pinnacle store. It moved three doors down to 360 and this legendary location became a Footlocker of all things! Will they never learn...
Tagged in this Tour: The Beatles take London
Tagged in this Tour: The Ultimate Beatles Tour