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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.
Florence Nightingale's House
The house that Florence Nightingale lived and died in.
Location: 10 South Street, Mayfair, London
Description: In 1865, at the age of 45, Florence Nightingale settled here in the West End of London, and, apart from occasional visits to Embley, Lea Hurst and to her sister at Claydon House, until her death here on August 13th 1910.
She received the Order of Merit of the British Empire, the first woman recipient, from Queen Victoria in 1908, and the Honorary Freedom award of the City of London.
Nightingale known as the Lady of the Lamp worked selflessly as a young nurse during the Crimean War and later, as a hospital reformer, won an everlasting place in British history.
Her nursing skills and tireless campaigning to clean up filthy field hospitals in the Crimea slashed the death rates of wounded soldiers from typhoid and cholera between 1854 and 1856.
(When she moved in, it was originally numbered 35).
In 1929 the house was demolished (some artifacts were removed to the Florence Nightingale Museum).