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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.
This is where Lubetkin's Lenin memorial stood until it's burial.
Location: Bevin Court, Cruickshank Street, London
Description: Here in Holford Square a memorial to Lenin who lived near here briefly, stood for 10 years before being buried.
The Russian leader's memorial was more than little conroversial during the height of the Cold War. It suffered continual vandalism and it's creator Lubetkin kept a good number of replacement busts in storage.
A 24 hour police guard wasnt enough to stop it's abuse and Lubetkin, who had foreseen to move the monument to an entrance hall of a housing unit he was going to build nearby, decided to bury it on his own account, acting by surprise, and avoid the city governmentís intervention. There are photographs showing Lubetkin and his friend burying the monument.
Lenin Court was quickly renamed Bevin Court after a foreign secretary.