This Week In London’s History
Tuesday – 16th September 1977: Iconic glam rock musician Marc Bolan dies in a car accident in Barnes, southwest London.Wednesday – 17th September 1993: Derek Beakton, an openly racist British National Party candidate, wins a council seat in Tower Hamlets.Thursday – 18th September 1970: Another musical legend kicks the bucket – this time it’s Jimi Hendrix, who is found dead in his basement flat in Notting Hill, west London. A subsequent inquest records an open verdict on his death, noting that he drank wine and took nine sleeping pills the previous night, and indicating that he may have misjudged the pills’ potency.Friday – 19th September 1997: Six people die as a high-speed Intercity 125 train collides with a freight train in Southall, north London. An inquiry would find that the driver missed two warning signals, and that the train’s two safety systems that could have averted the accident were inoperative.
- Monday – 15th September 2004: Five pro-hunt protesters burst into the House of Commons, disrupting a parliamentary debate around the ban on hunting with dogs.
Random London Quote Of The Week
There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear – the city of London and the South Seas.
Herman Melville, The South Seas
London’s Weather This Week
Following a surprisingly pleasant weekend, it looks like the coming week will be on the sunnier side of ‘autumnal’.
Photo taken from Slaminsky’s Flickr photostream via the Londonist Flickr pool.