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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
The Savoy Theatre
The first public building in the world to have electric lights.
Location: Savoy Street, Westminster
Description: The Savoy Theatre was the first building in London, and first public building in the world, to be lit by electricity.
It opened on 10 October 1881 after being built by Richard D'Oyly Carte. It was on the site of the old Savoy Palace - a showcase for the popular series of comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy Operas.
Eight years later, in 1889, Richard D'Oyly Carte built the famous Savoy Hotel right next door to the theatre.
Richard's son Rupert D'Oyly Carte rebuilt and modernised the theatre in 1929, and it was again rebuilt in 1993 following a large fire. It is now a Grade II listed building.