This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 8th October 1965: The Post Office Tower (now known as the BT Tower) in Fitzrovia becomes operational as a major hub for national microwave telecommunications. Today it is apparently the only building in the UK that is legally allowed to be evacuated using its lifts.
- Tuesday – 9th October 1975: An IRA bomb explodes at a bus stop near Green Park tube station, killing one person and injuring many others.
- Wednesday – 10th October 1881: The Savoy Theatre is opened on the Strand, becoming the first public building in the world to be entirely lit by electricity. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience is the first performance to be hosted at the new theatre.
- Thursday – 11th October 1573: Sir John Hawkins, Treasurer of the Royal Navy, suffers an assassination attempt whilst riding down the Strand. The would-be assassin, one Peter Burchett, stabs Hawkins, mistaking him for Sir Christopher Hatton. Despite being severely injured by the attack, Hawkins would survive. The same could not be said for Burchett, who would be hanged near the place of the attack.
- Friday – 12th October 1609: London composer Thomas Ravencroft publishes an early version of what would become the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice.
London Quote Of The Week
London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
Oscar Wilde, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’