Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 94 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

Spectators watching David Blaine do nothing

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 18th October 1922: The British Broadcasting Company (later to become the British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC) is formed, and soon starts broadcasting from Marconi House on the Strand.
  • Tuesday - 19th October 2003: After 44 days of being pointless in a perspex box suspended from a crane near Tower Bridge, illusionist David Blaine comes down. Wednesday - 20th October 1822: The New Observer newspaper, founded by Daniel Whittle Harvey (who would later become the first Commissioner of the City of London Police) is re-launched as The Sunday Times. Thursday - 21st October 1421: Richard Whittington (the inspiration for panto character Dick Whittington), lays the foundation stone of the Greyfriars Library in Newgate Street. Friday - 22nd October 1809: The Croydon Canal, linking Croydon to Deptford via Forest Hill, is opened. Requiring 28 locks to overcome the gradients of the route, it would never become a commercial success, and would be closed just 37 years later.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    London - A place you go to get bronchitis.

    Fran Lebowitz

    Picture of people watching David Blaine do nothing by .DOYLE., via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

    Last Updated 18 October 2010