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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was £383

Lenin Memorial



Lenin Memorial

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.


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Lenin Memorial

This is where Lubetkin's Lenin memorial stood until it's burial.


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