This Week In London’s History
Monday – 21st July 2005: Two weeks after the July 7th bombings, four would-be suicide bombers attempt to detonate explosive devices on London’s public transport system. None of the bombs explode fully, but widespread disruption of the transport system ensues nonetheless.
– 22nd July 1987
: Palestinian political cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali is shot in the face outside his office in Chelsea. He would die of his injuries several weeks later.
– 23rd July 1986
: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey. As a wedding present (of sorts), the Queen grants them the title of Duke and Duchess of York.
– 24th July 1987
: At the High Court, Jeffrey Archer wins damages of £500,000 in his libel case against the Daily Star. 14 years later he would be convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice for falsifying an alibi during the 1987 trial. He would eventually repay the £500,000 to the Daily Star.
– 25th July 1859
: Vauxhall Gardens – a popular ‘pleasure garden’ based in Kennington, South London – are closed for good, following a couple of decades of disuse.
Random London Fact Of The Week
Clerkenwell is named after the Clerks’ Well – a well that was used from the 12th century by the sisters of the Nunnery of St Mary. The well can still be seen from the window of an office on Farringdon Lane.
London’s Weather This Week
The forecasters are claiming that, amazingly, there will be no rain for the next few days. Whether you believe that or not is up to you. However it does look like most of the week will be quite warm, even if there is an increasing chance of dampness as the weekend approaches.
Photo of the Clerks’ Well taken from dunkr’s Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike licence.
Last Updated 21 July 2008