Monday - 20th April 1964: A huge fire at Battersea Power Station scuppers the launch of the BBC Two TV channel.
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This Week In London’s History
- 21st April 1509
: Henry VII dies in Richmond Palace, supposedly as the result of a ‘broken heart’ following the deaths of his son and wife several years before.
- 22nd April 1925
: George Cole is born in Tooting, and given up for adoption. He would become a successful film and television actor, arguably best known for his role as used car dealer Arthur Daley in the TV series 'Minder'.
- 23rd April 1979
: 33-year-old teacher Blair Peach dies from head injuries following outbreaks of fighting with police at an Anti-Nazi League demonstration against a National Front meeting in Southall, West London.
- 24th April 1993
: A massive IRA bomb explodes on Bishopsgate in the City of London, killing one person, injuring 44 more, and causing more than £350m damage to the area.
Random London Quote Of The Week
So poetry, which is in Oxford made
An art, in London is only a trade.
John Dryden, Prologue to the University of Oxon
One Thing You Must Do In London This Week
Check out a 41 gun salute in Green Park at midday on Tuesday, or a 62 gun salute one hour later at the Tower of London, all in honour of the Queen’s birthday.
Last Updated 20 April 2009