Monday Miscellanea

Downing Street

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday3 February 1794: 20 people are killed at the Haymarket Theatre and many more injured in a crush to see King George III.
  • Tuesday4 February 1915: Norman Wisdom is born in Marylebone. He would become a very successful entertainer, as well as a cult film icon in Albania (of course).
  • Wednesday5 February 1924: The Greenwich Time Signal pips are broadcast on BBC Radio for the first time.
  • Thursday6 February 1875: The first ‘Cabmen’s Shelter’ is opened in St. John’s Wood – providing a place where cabbies can rest and consume refreshments.
  • Friday7 February 1991: The IRA launch a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street. No one is hurt, but the attack does somewhat startle Prime Minister John Major during a Cabinet meeting.

London Quote Of The Week

The fascination of the London street is that no two people are ever alike; each seems bound on some private affair of his own.

Virginia Woolf, ‘A Room of One’s Own’

Photo by Francesco Camardo via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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