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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.
Jimmy White started here
This is where Jimmy White first started playing snooker as a kid
Location: 2a Lynwood Road, Tooting Bec, London, SW17 8SB
Description: This snooker hall was once called Zan's, and was where Jimmy 'The Whirlwind' White, one of snooker's most natural players, learnt how to play.
In an interview with The Independent he says 'My dad was a coalman and was always playing snooker with his mates'.
'I must have been nine or 10 when I started but I was a natural. By the time I was 11 I was spending nearly every day with Tony Meo at a place called Zan's in Tooting in south London playing, practising. By the age of 13 I'd made a century break and taken money off everybody in every place I played. Sometimes I'd leave with hundreds of pounds in my pocket. That was a fortune to a kid. My parents and teachers went mad at me for skipping school, but there was nothing they could do, I'd always find a way to play'.