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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.
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