This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 30th May 1972: The ‘Angry Brigade’, a group responsible for a large number of bomb attacks in the early 70s, go on trial at the Old Bailey.
- Tuesday – 31st May 1859: Big Ben rings across Westminster for the first time, although it does not officially go into service until later that year.
- Wednesday – 1st June 1845: A homing pigeon arrives in London, having set off from Namibia some 55 days earlier. Supposedly.
- Thursday – 2nd June 1953: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in Westminster Abbey.
- Friday – 3rd June 1982: Israeli ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, is shot in the head outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. He would survive the attack, but be left permanently paralysed. Three men would be convicted of attempted murder.
London Quote Of The Week
Cam ye o’er frae France? Cam y’doon by Lunnon?
Saw ye Geordie Whelps and his bonny woman?
Were ye at the place, ca’d the Kittle Hoosie
Saw ye Geordie’s Grace ridin’ on a Goosie?
From a Jacobite song alluding to George I’s fondness for visiting brothels.