This Week In London’s History
Monday - 11th May 1812: Spencer Perceval becomes the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated when he is fatally shot by “a madman” in the lobby of the House of Commons.
- 12th May 1967
: Pink Floyd stage their ‘Games for May’ concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. The concert is notable for being the first ever live performance to use a quadraphonic sound system. Unfortunately, the use of bubbles and daffodils during the performance stains the carpets and seats, resulting in the band being banned from the venue.
- 13th May 1966
: Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrap is (probably) born in Enfield, North London. She would become better known by adding an extra ‘p’ to the end of her surname, and fronting an electronica band of the same name.
- 14th May 1842
: The first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, the Illustrated London News is launched, costing sixpence.
- 15th May 1981
: Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, is born in a private wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Random London Quote Of The Week
The problem is that many MPs never see the London that exists beyond the wine bars and brothels of Westminster.
One Thing You Must Do In London This Week
With the media hysteria surrounding the latest flu ‘pandemic’ only just beginning to quieten down, there’s a lot to be said for finding out what the influenza virus really is, and what all the fuss is about. Good timing then for the ‘Flu and You’ lecture at the Royal Institution this Thursday evening, where flu researcher Chris Whittlestone will be explaining the virus’s medical history, its effects, and how the authorities attempt to control it. Full details are available at the Royal Institution website.
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Last Updated 11 May 2009