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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
John Wilkes' House Riots
This is where politican John Wilkes's house was riot damaged.
Location: 35 Grosvenor Square, W1K
Description: This is where former Lord Mayor of London and porn-outlaw John Wilkes' (Born 17 October 1727) lived and where the Mount Street rioters broke his decorative windows in 1792.
Amongst other things, in 1762, the new king, George III, arranged for his close friend, the Earl of Bute, to become prime minister. This decision upset a large number of MPs who considered Bute to be incompetent. John Wilkes became Bute's leading critic in the House of Commons.
In June 1762 Wilkes established The North Briton, a newspaper that severely attacked the king and his Prime Minister.
Wilkes died on the 29th December 1797.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Riots Tour