This Week In London’s History
Monday – 14th July 1824: On a state visit to London, King Kamehameha II of Hawaii dies of measles.
– 15th July 1966
: A ‘colour bar’ at Euston Station, preventing black people from holding positions where they might come into contact with members of the public, is overturned.
– 16th July 1924
: Crowds of photographers, reporters and ‘autograph seekers’ greet the pilots of the first (successful) round-the-world flight as it lands at Croydon airport for its London stopover.
– 17th July 1974
: A bomb explodes in a tourist-packed room of the Tower of London, killing one person and injuring 41 others. No-one claims responsibility for the bombing, and no culprits are found.
– 18th July 1922
: IRA gunmen Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan are sentenced to death at the Old Bailey for the murder of Sir Henry Wilson, who was shot in the back nine times one month earlier.
Random London Fact Of The Week
The Victoria Memorial, located at the end of The Mall opposite Buckingham Palace, was constructed from 2300 tonnes of marble in 1911. It is often referred to as ‘The Wedding Cake’.
London’s Weather This Week
Anyone expecting a repeat of last week’s unpredictable weather will probably not be too surprised. Although the sporadic rain showers might be fewer this week, with any luck.
Photo courtesy of wallyg via the Londonist Flickr pool.
Last Updated 14 July 2008