Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday22 April 1925: George Cole is born in Tooting, and given up for adoption. He would become a successful film and television actor, arguably best known for his role as used car dealer Arthur Daley in the TV series ‘Minder’.
  • Tuesday23 April 1979: 33-year-old teacher Blair Peach dies from head injuries following outbreaks of fighting with police at an Anti-Nazi League demonstration against a National Front meeting in Southall, West London.
  • Wednesday24 April 1993: A massive IRA bomb explodes on Bishopsgate in the City of London, killing one person, injuring 44 more, and causing more than £350m damage to the area.
  • Thursday25 April 1957: Eric Bristow is born in Hackney. He would become a successful darts player, winning the world championship five times, and being nicknamed ‘The Crafty Cockney’.
  • Friday26 April 1928: Following extensive fire-damage to its previous incarnation, a newly reconstructed Madame Tussauds museum on Marylebone Road opens to the public. It would become one of London’s more popular tourist attractions.

Random London Quote Of The Week

Sir, the noblest prospect that a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to London.

Samuel Johnson

Picture by ‘Chris’ via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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