Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday18 February 1929: Len Deighton is born in Marylebone. He would become a successful writer, known for his spy fiction novels, many of which were made into films (such as The Ipcress File). He also wrote cookery and other non-fiction books.
  • Tuesday19 February 1960: Prince Andrew is born in the Belgian Suite of Buckingham Palace.
  • Wednesday20 February 1913: Two suffragettes set fire to the tea pavilion at Kew Gardens at around 3am, destroying it completely.
  • Thursday21 February 1946: Alan Rickman is born in Hammersmith. He would become a multi-award-winning film, television and stage actor.
  • Friday22 February 1807: A huge crowd gathers outside Newgate Prison to witness the hanging of convicted murderers John Holloway and Owen Haggerty. In the crush and chaos, as many as one hundred people are killed through trampling or suffocation.

Random London Quote Of The Week

I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London.

William Hazlitt

Picture by firstnameunknown via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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