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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th April 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
26th April 1973 2 Gentlemen of Verona, musical opens in London
26th April 1947 Bless the Bride musical opens in London
26th April 1934 The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later The Queen Mother) in Westminster Abbey.
26th April 1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
26th April 1921 Born today: Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City and Guilds Institute)
26th April 1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
26th April 1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
This is site of The 43, Meyricks notorious twenties night club.
Location: 43 Gerrard Street, London
Description: Kate Meyrick was Irish and came to London just after the First World War to run nightclubs. She was frequently fined for breaches of the alcohol licensing laws and in 1929 was successfully prosecuted for bribing policemen to ignore these breaches. This didn't damage her career; she went back to running nightclubs and died in 1933.
This was her most famous venue - 'The 43', popular with the more raffish end of the smart set at the time.
She went on to write the infamous banned book Secrets of the 43. Although it was probably quite innocuous by today's standards, no doubt it could have shown some prominent people in a poor light, which may account for its suppression.