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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.
Christine Keelers Love Mews
The home at the heart of the Profumo Scandal.
Location: 17 Wimpole Mews, Paddington
Description: Dr Stephen Ward, a London osteopath and friend of 21 year old call girl Christine Keeler. He was highly successful having treated Sir Winston Churchill, Paul Getty, Douglas Fairbanks and Elizabeth Taylor.
He installed Keeler here in his former flat and then she later had an affair with the Secretary of State for War, resulting in John Profumo's resignation, and one of the hottest scandal's of the 20th century in Great Britain.
Dr Ward has been charged with living on the earnings of prostitution at 17 Wimpole Mews since 1 January 1961.
On the last day of the trial on 31 July 1963, Ward took an overdose of sleeping tablets. He was found guilty while in a coma and died three days later.