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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
Monty Python's Maritime sketch
Monty Python's opening Meaning of life sketch was filmed here.
Location: 71 Fenchurch Street, London
Description: This classic Terry Gilliam sketch was filmed here. It was as a separate film screened at the start of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
Film goes like this: The elderly employees of a staid London assurance firm has been taken over by the Very Big Corporation of America. They rebel against their corporate masters when one of them is sacked, and force their boss to walk a makeshift plank out a window, then they commandeer their Edwardian office building and turn it into a pirate ship, sailing through the City of London, they then proceed to attack The Very Big Corporation of America's skyscraper, using, among other things, wooden filing cabinets which have been transformed into carronades and swords fashioned from the blades of a ceiling fan. On ropes, they swing into the board room and engage the executives of VBCA in hand-to-hand combat, vanquishing them.
The building's day job is as the Lloyd's Register Group - a maritime classification society and independent risk management organisation.
Tagged in this Tour: Monty Python Tour of London