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TOUR OF THE MONTH
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.
Killer Podola Caught
The site of the capture of cop killer Gunther Podola.
Location: South Kendington Station, London
Description: It was here on 13th July 1959, in a phone box outside of South Kensington tube station that German Gunther Podola was caught by police.
He was blackmailing model Mrs Verne Schiffman for the return of some items he had stolen during a burglary. She kept him talking while the police and Detective Sergeants Purdy and Sandford arrested Podola.
He escaped and ran off towards Onslow Square where he was recaptured, but show and killed Sergeant Purdy and he made his escape.
Podola was recaptured 3 days later, and was the last person hanged in Britain for killing a police officer.