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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th June 1955 Born today: Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
26th June 1946 Born today: Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
26th June 1933 Born today: Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symphony Orchestra 1982)
26th June 1909 Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
26th June 1902 The Coronation of Edward VII has to be postponed due to the future king's appendicitis.
26th June 1902 Rioting in Watford after coronation festivities cancelled.
26th June 1816 The first prisoners, all women, admitted to newly built MillBank Prison in London.
The home of Erno Goldfinger.
Location: North Hill, Highgate
Description: This stunning block of flats was designed was by the Russian-born architect Berthold Lubetkin, on one of the highest points in London. It was built in 1935 for the entrepreneur Sigmund Gestetner, but he never moved in.
Legendary architect Corbusier visited in 1935 and said, This beautiful building .... at Highgate is an achievement of the first rank.
In 1934, Ern and Ursula Goldfinger moved into a flat in Highpoint I and at one of their parties the English-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington fell in love with German artist Max Ernst at a dinner here in 1937. The artists bonded and returned together to Paris, where Ernst promptly separated from his wife. The following year they settled in Saint Martin d'Ardche in southern France.