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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.
Playwright Harold Pinter's Home
Dramatist and playwright Harold Pinter was born here in Clapton.
Location: 19 Thistlewaite Road, Clapton
Description: Harold Pinter CBE (19302008) was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. He was born here in this house into a working class Jewish family.
He attended Hackney Downs Grammar School, where he was encouraged by inspirational English teacher Joe Brearley, and his first published poetry appeared in the school newspaper.
His best-known plays (for he did lots of radio, TV and film productions too) include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted to film. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1970), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007).
There was a blue plaque unveiled here in September 2012 by his widow, Lady Antonia Fraser Pinter. Ian Rathbone of Clapton Pond Neighborhood Action Group said: It is important to note that someone as internationally known and respected as Harold Pinter came from such relatively humble beginnings.