This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 17th September 1961: Police arrest 1,314 demonstrators at a CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) protest in Trafalgar Square. Bertrand Russell is amongst those arrested.
- Tuesday – 18th September 1970: Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is found dead in his basement flat in Notting Hill, west London. A subsequent inquest records an open verdict on his death, noting that he drank wine and took nine sleeping pills the previous night, and indicating that he may have misjudged the pills’ potency.
- Wednesday – 19th September 1997: Six people die as a high-speed Intercity 125 train collides with a freight train in Southall, north London. An inquiry would find that the driver missed two warning signals, and that the train’s two safety systems that could have averted the accident were inoperative.
- Thursday – 20th September 2000: An anti-tank missile is fired at the MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross, causing minor damage to the eighth floor. The Real IRA is later blamed for the attack.
- Friday – 21st September 1969: More than 200 policemen storm a mansion in Piccadilly, Central London, evicting a large number of squatters.
London Quote Of The Week
As I came down the Highgate Hill,
The Highgate Hill, the Highgate Hill,
As I came down the Highgate Hill
I met the sun’s bravado,
And saw below me, fold on fold,
Grey to pearl and pearl to gold,
This London like a land of old,
The land of Eldorado.
Henry Howarth Bashford, ‘Romances’