This Week In London’s History
Monday – 2nd June 1953: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in Westminster Abbey.
– 3rd June 1982
: Israeli ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, is shot in the head outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. He would survive the attack, but be left permanently paralysed. Three men would be convicted of attempted murder.
– 4th June 1762
: A newly installed peal of ten bells at St Mary-le-Bow church in the City is rung for the first time to mark the 25th birthday of George III.
– 5th June 1734
: The Bank of England’s current premises on Threadneedle Street are opened for business.
– 6th June 1997
: Another anniversary for the Bank of England, which uses its newly granted independence to set interest rates for the first time (raising them by 0.25% to 6.50%).
Random London Fact Of The Week
The statue of Prince Albert, forming part of the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, holds in its right hand a catalogue of the Great Exhibition – a major international exhibition that was held in Hyde Park in 1851 (and strongly promoted by Albert himself).
London’s Weather This Week
Well June has finally arrived, but it doesn’t look like the weather will be particularly exciting. Some sun, some cloud, some rain. It won’t be too cold, though.
Picture taken from kurafire’s Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 licence.
Last Updated 02 June 2008