This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 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.
- Tuesday – 19th July 1932: The current Lambeth Bridge is opened by George V, replacing an earlier suspension bridge that was awkward to use and in a state of disrepair.
- Wednesday – 20th July 1982: IRA nail bombs explode in Hyde Park and Regents Park, resulting in the death of 11 people and injury to 50 more. 7 horses from the Household Cavalry also die as a result of the attacks.
- Thursday – 21st July 2005: Two weeks after the July 7th bombings, four would-be suicide bombers attempt to detonate explosive devices on London’s public transport system. None of the bombs explode fully, but widespread disruption of the transport system ensues nonetheless.
- Friday – 22nd July 1987: Palestinian political cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali is shot in the face outside his office in Chelsea. He would die of his injuries several weeks later.
London Quote Of The Week
I have passed all my days in London, until I have formed as many and intense local attachments as any of you mountaineers can have done with dead nature.