Take today's date: 7.6.2010
Turn it back to front: 010267
Go to the Londonist Flickr pool: it's Hoa Hakananai'a, "Stolen or Hidden Friend" as captured by wallyg. God bless the British Museum!
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 7th June 1695: Hackney carriages are banned from Hyde Park, following an incident where a cab full of “unruly ladies” affronted “several persons of quality”. The ban stays in place for almost 230 years.
- 8th June 1999
: At the Old Bailey, ex-cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is sentenced to jail for 18 months, having been found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice.
- 9th June 1958
: Queen Elizabeth II flies into a revamped Gatwick to officially open London’s second biggest airport.
- 10th June 2000
: The Millennium Footbridge opens, spanning the Thames between Bankside and the City. It would initially suffer from ‘synchronous lateral excitation’ (a.k.a. wobbliness), necessitating its closure and the fitting of dampers.
- 11th June 1988
: The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (a.k.a. Mandela Day Concert) takes place at Wembley Stadium. More than 600 million people worldwide tune in to watch the epic day-long concert.
Random London Quote Of The Week
There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear - the city of London and the South Seas.
Herman Melville, The South Seas
Last Updated 07 June 2010