This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 27th August 1967: Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, is found dead in his Belgravia home. A post mortem would conclude that he died of an overdose of sleeping pills.
- Tuesday – 28th August 2003: A large power outage causes significant disruption to most South London mainline rail services and the majority of the tube network.
- Wednesday – 29th August 1947: James Hunt is born in Belmont (a village in what is now the London Borough of Sutton). He would become a popular and successful racing driver, winning the F1 World Championship in 1976.
- Thursday – 30th August 1797: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is born in Somers Town. She would become known, under the name Mary Shelley, for her novel ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’.
- Friday – 31st August 1888: Mary Ann Nichols is found dead in Whitechapel. Her death would be attributed to Jack the Ripper.
London Quote Of The Week
All over London as one walks, one everywhere, in the season, sees oranges to sell; and they are in general sold tolerably cheap, one and even sometimes two for a halfpenny; or, in our money, threepence. At the play-house, however, they charged me sixpence for one orange, and that noways remarkably good.
Karl Philipp Moritz, Travels in England in 1782