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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd April 1991 Two trains collided on the DLR at West India Quay.
22nd April 1930 US, Britain and Japan sign London Naval Treaty
22nd April 1925 Born today: George Cole, London England, actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers)
22nd April 1899 Born today: Martyn Green, London, actor (Gilbert and Sullivan, Iceman Cometh)
22nd April 1823 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
22nd April 1737 William Hicks (MP for Wallingford) was attacked by highwayman Dick Turpin and associate in a coach travelling to London through Epping Forest.
Salvador Dali in his Diving Suit
The scene of Salvador Dali's greatest London adventure!
Location: 5 Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly
Description: In the early 20th century this corner of Burlington Gardens housed a grand art gallery called New Burlington Galleries.
It became famous for many classic shows but one in particular stood out. It was 1936 and June 11 when the International Surrealist Exhibition opened. It was a great success with over 40,000 visitors attending.
The eccentric Spanish painter Salvador Dali appeared here on stage wearing a full diving suit. It was supposed to illustrate his thesis concerning art's function of revealing the depths of the subconscious.
At one stage he appeared to be suffocating - and a panting Dali was hastily freed of his suit and helmet by the young poet, David Gascoyne and his spanner! The audience loved it supposing it was all a well-rehearsed act. It went down a storm.
Tagged in this Tour: Great London Eccentrics Tour