Monday Miscellanea

burlington-house-sculpture

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday1 July 1858: Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection is presented at the Linnean Society at Burlington House, Piccadilly.
  • Tuesday2 July 1865: One-time Methodist minister William Booth preaches to a large crowd at an open-air ‘mission’ in Whitechapel, founding the ‘East London Christian Mission’, which would later be renamed ‘The Salvation Army’.
  • Wednesday3 July 1981: A punk concert at the Hamborough Tavern in Southall leads to fighting between skinheads and Asian youths. The riot is just one of many violent ‘uprisings’ to take place that year.
  • Thursday4 July 1829: London’s first scheduled bus service is introduced by coach-maker George Shillibeer, inspired by his work on a fleet of coaches in Paris. The ‘omnibus’ service runs between Paddington and the Bank of England, providing four daily services in each direction, each of which capable of “accommodating 16 or 18 persons, all inside”.
  • Friday5 July 1975: Arthur Ashe defeats defending champion Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon, becoming the first black man to win the tournament’s singles title.

Random London Quote Of The Week

Cities give us collision. ‘Tis said, London and New York take the nonsense out of a man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life

Photo by Where The Art Is via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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