Monday Miscellanea

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This Week In London’s History

  • Monday15 July 1966: A ‘colour bar’ at Euston Station, preventing black people from holding positions where they might come into contact with members of the public, is overturned.
  • Tuesday16 July 1924: Crowds of photographers, reporters and ‘autograph seekers’ greet the pilots of the first (successful) round-the-world flight as it lands at Croydon airport for its London stopover.
  • Wednesday17 July 1974: A bomb explodes in a tourist-packed room of the Tower of London, killing one person and injuring 41 others. No-one claims responsibility for the bombing, and no culprits are found.
  • Thursday18 July 1555: The College of Arms, the organisation responsible for various matters of heraldry, is ‘reincorporated’ by a royal charter issued by Mary I (and granted new premises just south of St Paul’s Cathedral).
  • Friday19 July 1932: The current Lambeth Bridge is opened by George V, replacing an earlier suspension bridge that was awkward to use and in a state of disrepair.

Random London Quote Of The Week

I’m leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining.

Groucho Marx

Photo by Gordon Calder via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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