This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 23rd April 1979: 33-year-old teacher Blair Peach dies from head injuries following outbreaks of fighting with police at an Anti-Nazi League demonstration against a National Front meeting in Southall, West London.
- Tuesday – 24th April 1993: A massive IRA bomb explodes on Bishopsgate in the City of London, killing one person, injuring 44 more, and causing more than £350m damage to the area.
- Wednesday – 25th April 2002: Two teenage brothers are acquitted of the murder of 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor, in the first of three trials for the crime over four years at the Old Bailey.
- Thursday – 26th April 1999: Television presenter Jill Dando is fatally shot in the head on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, West London.
- Friday – 27th April 1840: Following its almost complete destruction by fire in 1834, work on rebuilding the Palace of Westminster starts with the laying of a foundation stone by the wife of the architect Sir Charles Barry.
Random London Quote Of The Week
In London they don’t like you if you’re still alive.