This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 3 February 1794: 20 people are killed at the Haymarket Theatre and many more injured in a crush to see King George III.
- Tuesday – 4 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).
- Wednesday – 5 February 1924: The Greenwich Time Signal pips are broadcast on BBC Radio for the first time.
- Thursday – 6 February 1875: The first ‘Cabmen’s Shelter’ is opened in St. John’s Wood – providing a place where cabbies can rest and consume refreshments.
- Friday – 7 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’