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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Swede Wallenberg's Statue
Statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the diplomat who saved Jews in WW2.
Location: Great Cumberland Gate, Marylebone, London
Description: Here, outside the Swedish embassy is a statue of Raoul Gustav Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in World War 2.
He was arrestd by the Soviet Army as they entered Budapest in 1945 and taken to Moscow where he died in custody.
On Sept. 22, 1981, the U.S. Congress granted honorary citizenship to the missing Wallenberg. (Such honorary citizenship had been granted only once before, to Sir Winston Churchill.)