This Week In London’s History
Monday – 22nd September 1955: A new television channel, ITV, launches at a ceremony at the Guildhall. Its broadcasting initially only covers the London area, but would be spread to the other UK regions over the next seven years.
– 23rd September 1939
: Renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, suffering from cancer, commits ‘assisted’ suicide at his home in Hampstead.
– 24th September 1917
: A zeppelin drops a 50 kilogram bomb that lands just outside the Bedford Hotel on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury. 13 people are killed and a further 26 injured.
– 25th September 1818
: The first human-to-human blood transfusion is performed at Guy’s Hospital. Previous blood transfusions had used animals’ blood. Yuk.
– 26th September 1850
: The first stretch of the North London Railway is opened, running between Bow in east London, and Islington in north London. These days, the DLR follows part of this original route, and some of the subsequent extensions are serviced by
London Overground trains.
Random London Quote Of The Week
London, thou art of townes A per se.
Soveraign of cities, seemliest in sight,
Of high renoun, riches and royaltie;
Of lordis, barons, and many a goodly knyght;
Of most delectable lusty ladies bright;
Of famous prelatis, in habitis clericall;
Of merchauntis full of substaunce and of myght:
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.
William Dunbar, In Honour of the City of London
London’s Weather This Week
The decent weather (for the time of year) should continue this week, apart from a spot of rainyness in the middle. Probably.
Picture taken from sara~’s Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 licence.