This Week In London’s History
Monday - 6th April 1580: An earthquake, later estimated at a Richter magnitude between 5.3 and 5.9, causes the only recorded London fatalities to be attributed to such an occurrence.
- 7th April 1779
: The Reverend James Hackman follows Martha Ray, a singer and the mistress of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. When she leaves the theatre after the performance, Hackman shoots her dead, seemingly out of jealousy.
- 8th April 1908
: Edward VII appoints Herbert Asquith as Prime Minister, following the resignation of his predecessor, Henry Cambell-Bannerman, due to ill health.
- 9th April 2005
: Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony in Windsor.
- 10th April 1606
: The London Company (a.k.a. the ‘Charter of the Virginia Company of London’) is established by James I and given a remit to colonise North America.
Random London Quote Of The Week
We’ve avoided this for months, but we always knew that sooner or later we would end up using London’s most well-known/overused quote
Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
London’s Weather This Week
We hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine of the last few days. Don’t get used to it - it will soon be spoilt by April showers as the week progresses.
Last Updated 06 April 2009