This Week In London’s History
Monday – 22th December 1974: A bomb explodes at the Victoria home of Conservative leader and former Prime Minister Edward Heath. No-one is hurt.
– 23rd December 1690
: At Greenwich Royal Observatory, astronomer John Flamsteed catalogues what he believes to be a star as ‘34 Tauri’. It would later transpire that this is the first recorded sighting of the planet Uranus.
– 24th December 1890
: Surrey House Museum (later to become known as the Horniman Museum) in Forest Hill is officially opened to the public.
– 25th December 1066
: William the Conqueror is crowned king at Westminster Abbey.
– 26th December 1913
: Golders Green Hippodrome is opened as a 3000-seat music hall.
Random London Quote Of The Week
This melancholy London – I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.
William Butler Yeats
London’s Weather This Week
Forecasters seem to think that temperatures will dip as the week progresses, but there’s still not much chance of a white Christmas in London.
Photo by M@.
Last Updated 22 December 2008