Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday3 December 1952: Mel Smith is born in Chsiwick. He would become a successful comic performer and writer, known for his involvement in late 70s and 80s shows ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’ and ‘Alas Smith and Jones’.
  • Tuesday4 December 1882: The Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand are opened by Queen Victoria.
  • Wednesday5 December 1905: Part of the roof of Charing Cross station collapses, killing six people.
  • Thursday6 December 1983: Britain’s first heart and lung transplant operation takes place at Harefield Hospital in Uxbridge, west London. The operation goes well, but sadly the patient would die 13 days later.
  • Friday7 December 1732: The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden is opened. It would later become the Royal Opera House.

London Quote Of The Week

Pitt is to Addington what London is to Paddington.

George Canning, The Oracle

Picture by imran* via the Londonist Flickr pool.

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