This Week In London’s History
Monday - 4th October 1911: London Underground’s first escalator goes into service at Earl’s Court tube station.
- 5th October 1999
: 31 people die and over 400 are injured as two trains collide head-on at Ladbroke Grove Junction, two miles west of Paddington Station.
- 6th October 1985
: Police Constable Keith Blakelock, whilst protecting firefighters during a riot in Tottenham, trips over and falls to the ground. Before he can regain his feet, he is hacked to death by a mob carrying knives and machetes.
- 7th October 2000
: The last ever competitive football match to take place at the old Wembley Stadium results in England losing 1-0 to Germany.
- 8th October 1965
: The Post Office Tower
(now known as the BT Tower
) in Fitzrovia becomes operational as a major hub for national microwave telecommunications.
Random London Quote Of The Week
May my enemies live here in summer!
Jonathan Swift, a letter from London, 25th August 1711
Picture by Gary Kinsman via the Londonist Flickr Pool.
Last Updated 04 October 2010