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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Johann Strauss lived here
This is where famous composer Johann Strauss lodged in London.
Location: 1-2 Leicester Street, Soho, WC2H 7BL
Description: The father of the Waltz dynasty in classical music Johann Strauss (1st) (1804-1849) lodged here at the former Hotel de Commerce in April 1838.
Johann gave 72 concerts across Britain, and played festivities given in honour of Queen Victoria's coronation. He and his orchestra played Buckingham Palace. After the first concert on 17 April in Londons Hanover Square Rooms, the Morning Post (18 April 1838) declared:
The concert, which was exclusively instrumental, opened with Aubers overture to Le Serment, the performance of which was at once sufficient to convince all present that so perfect a band was never before heard on this side of the Channel. Orchestras we may boast, the individuals composing which are equal in talent to these, but the perfection of such an ensemble we have never yet reached. The accuracy, the sharpness, the exquisite precision with which every passage, however complicated, is performed, can be the result only of the most careful and persevering practice . We had almost forgotten to notice the superior talent of Strauss himself on the violin; he performs with peculiar energy, and imparts much of his own spirit to his band, the combined effect of which more resembles the unity of one single powerful instrument than any orchestra that has yet been heard in this country.
There is a black plaque is located between the first and second ground-floor windows to the left of the building.