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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.
A Spy called The White Rabbit
Spy codenamed 'The White Rabbit' to be honoured with blue plaque
Location: Queen Court, Guildford Street, Camden, WC1N
Description: The life of a spy codenamed 'The White Rabbit' whose achievements are the stuff of fiction is to be honoured with a blue plaque.
'Forest Frederic Edward Yeo-Thomas', 62, was the first secret agent of the Second World War to receive the George Cross.
In 1920 he was captured by the Russians while fighting for the Poles and only managed to escape by strangling his guard.
On a secret mission in France during the Second World War he evaded capture by the Nazis by hiding in a hearse.
In 1944 the RAF fighter command officer was captured by the Gestapo and tortured before being held at the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp.
An English Heritage blue plaque was unveiled on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at Queen Court, Guildford Street, in Camden, London, where he lived with his wife Barbara.
After helping to bring to trial several Nazi war criminals, he returned to work - of all things - in a Paris fashion house in 1946 and in 1950 joined the Federation of British Industries as its representative in France, a position he held until his death in 1964.
His biographer said: ''His story is more extraordinary than any fiction dreamed up by a novelist or filmed by Hollywood. As the title of his biography states, he was the 'Bravest of the Brave'.