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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.
24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)
24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)
24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).
24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.
Gaiety Theatre & Marconi House
This is where Marconi and the BBC broadcast the first TV service
Location: Citibank House, 336/337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HB
Description: This is where the original Gaiety Theatre stood until it became the London HQ of the Marconi Group in 1908 from where Marconi, set up 2LO the first commercial broadcasting station in London in 1922.
In the same year the BBC (British Broadcasting Company), from this station on the top floor of this building wing, started the first regular, licensed, programmed and advertised broadcasting service in the world.
Today it's a Norman Foster designed hotel featuring over 150 rooms and amazing rooftop terrace bar which becomes a club at night.