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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.
London Sculpture Comes Home
Dr Peter Turner bust returns to St Olave's Church after robbery
Location: 8 Hart Street, City of London, EC3R 7NB
Description: A sculpture looted from a London church during the Blitz is to be returned to its former home (July 2011).
The bust of Dr Peter Turner, an eminent physician and botanist, was taken from St Olave's in the City of London on 17 April 1941.
The sculpture, dating from 1614, was recovered by a curator at the Museum of London, who found out about an upcoming auction listing the statue in 2010.
The Art Loss Register investigated and the bust was removed from the sale.
The bust, worth an estimated 70,000 pounds, was traced back to several owners across Europe, including one in the Netherlands.
Investigators believe the bust was stolen during an air raid.
St Olave's was finally reunited with the bust on 21 June this year, more than 70 years after it was lost from the building's rubble.
St Olave's is one of the few surviving mediaeval buildings in The City of London and the burial place of Samuel Pepys. With many links to historic City organisations, this little church is sought after by many as a place of spiritual encounter and refreshment.