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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.
Actor Ian Richardson lived here
This is where Scottish actor Ian Richardson lived.
Location: 131 Lavender Sweep, Battersea, SW11 1EA
Description: Ian Richardson CBE, Scottish actor and star of House of Cards, lived and died here.
He famously portrayed the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in BBC drama House of Cards. On the big screen he was the mole finally unmasked by Sir Alec Guinness and slain by Ian Bannen in John Le Carr's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979).
He was also a leading Shakespearean stage actor at the RSC between 1960 to 1975.
Richardson's last years saw him in Miss Marple in 2004, the Lord Chancellor in Bleak House, and 2006 as the voice of Death in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather.
A week after his death Dame Helen Mirren burst into tears dedicating her Best Actress BAFTA to him.
He was survived by his wife, Maroussia Frank, whom he married in 1961, and their sons, Jeremy and Miles.