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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
Dagenham on Screen
The building where Cole Porter's biopic was filmed.
Location: Rainham Road, Dagenham, RM10 7BN
Description: The Grade II listed Dagenham Civic Centre was featured in the movie biography of Cole Porter called De-Lovely. It starred Kevin Kline as the American Composer, and they did a musical number here despite it supposed to be based in Hollywood!
The foundation stone of this impressive art deco building was laid by Lord Snell, Chairman of London County Council in 1936.
The architect was E Berry Webber in mulberry stockbrick with imposing Portland stone entrance and portico. Recently refurbished interior has excellent art deco ceilings and botticino marble stairs and foyer.