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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.
Comedian Little Tich lived here
Victorian comedian Little Tich lived and died here.
Location: 93 Shirehall Park, Hendon, London
Description: Victorian comedian Little Tich 1851-1928 (real name Harry Relph) was a music hall entertainer whose career spanned over 40 years.
His trademarks were his miniscule height - he was only 4 feet 6 inches, and his bizarre 6 digits on each hand.
He became well known in music halls for his act involving a pair of 28 inch boots, and later appeared in pantomimes such as Humpty Dumpty and Hop o` my Thumb.
Like all the classic comedians Little Tich could walk on stage and without doing anything make people laugh instantly.
He grew up in Cudham but moved to Hendon later in life when he'd made plenty of money, and died here.