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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
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.