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TOUR OF THE MONTH
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.
The Spaghetti House Siege
The scene of a 5 day armed robbery/siege.
Location: 77 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RB
Description: This Italian restaurant was the scene of something of the movies back in 1975. For five days, six hostages were held by armed robbers in the cellar of Spaghetti House before being released.
It all started on the 28th September 1975 when nine staff of the long running chain (still open today) gathered downstairs to collect the week's takings amounting to almost 13,000.
Three men burst in on them and led the all Italian staff, down into a small basement storeroom, although one man managed to escape and alert the police who quickly swooped and assessed the situation.
The gunmen held them in a cramped and hot but well-stocked storeroom. They eventually released two hostages who had became ill. After 5 days they released the others safely and handed themselves in to police without a struggle.