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TOUR OF THE MONTH
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.
First Murder solved by Identikit
The first murder to be solved by identikit was committed here
Location: 23 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London
Description: Long before number 23 became a small locksmiths, in the heyday of charing cross road and the environs being the book mecca, this was Louis Meier's antique and bookshop.
On the 2nd of March 1961 Elsie Batten, a 59 year old assistant in Louis Meier's antique shop here was stabbed to death. Her murderer, Edwin Bush, was identified and caught within days following the circulation of Identikit pictures - the first case to be solved in the UK using the Identikit System, a significant advance in crime detection.
The shop was later destroyed by fire and closed down.