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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.
24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)
24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)
24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).
24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.
The Florence Tavern
This is where world champion fighter Jack Burke was landlord.
Location: 49 Florence Street, Islington , N1 2DU
Description: The newly refurbished gastro-local Islington pub The Florence Tavern has one famous Landlord in it's locker.
After his retirement Jack Burke, also known as The Irish Lad, became landlord here in November 1895 leaving the following year. He started as a bare knuckle fighter on Hackney Marshes but went on to win the English Middleweight and claimed the World Middleweight title too as well as a record (but unqualified) 517 bouts!