This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 11th July 1848: Waterloo Station is opened. The original station would survive just 52 years until 1900, when it would be demolished and rebuilt to form the Waterloo mainline station that we know today.
- Tuesday – 12th July 1543: Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr in the last of his six marriages.
- Wednesday – 13th July 1985: Wembley Stadium hosts the colossal ‘Live Aid’ concert (along with the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and several other less high-profile venues). An estimated 1.5 billion people from more than 100 countries watch the concert’s live television broadcast.
- Thursday – 14th July 1824: On a state visit to London, King Kamehameha II of Hawaii dies of measles.
- Friday – 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.
London Quote Of The Week
The marvellous maturity of London! I would rather be dead in this town than preening my feathers in heaven.