This Week In London’s History
Monday – 3rd September 1878: Passenger steamer Princess Alice collides with cargo ship Bywell Castle on the Thames near Woolwich Pier. All of the 700 passengers of the Princess Alice are either thrown into the heavily polluted river or trapped below the decks of the sinking vessel. Fewer than 100 passengers survive.
– 4th September 1899
: Moorfields Eye Hospital (known at the time as the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital) is opened at its current site on City Road (having previously been situated on Moorfields since 1805, hence the name). It would become the largest eye hospital in the world.
– 5th September 1975
: An IRA bomb explodes in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in central London, causing 2 fatalities and injuries to a further 63 people.
– 6th September 1997
: The funeral of Princess Diana takes place at Westminster Abbey. The service is watched on television by millions of people worldwide, as Elton John performs a re-worked version of Candle in the Wind
and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, delivers a controversial speech criticising the media and (indirectly) the Royal Family.
– 7th September 1978
: Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov is stabbed in the thigh with an umbrella whilst walking across Waterloo Bridge. He soon develops a fever, is hospitalised, and dies three days later. A post-mortem reveals a metal pellet containing the poison ricin embedded in his thigh.
Random London Fact Of The Week
Bizarrely, the big guns at the front of HMS Belfast are trained on the London Gateway motorway services on the M1, some 12.5 miles away. This is apparently intended as an illustration of the guns’ impressive range, rather than a comment on the quality of the services.
London’s Weather This Week
The forecasters seem to think that this week’s weather will be vaguely similar to last week’s. Obviously that remains to be seen, but if you have to plan, then plan for some sunny spells, albeit at utterly unpredictable times.
Last Updated 03 September 2007