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.
- 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.
- 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
- 21st October 1421
: Richard Whittington (the inspiration for panto character Dick Whittington), lays the foundation stone of the Greyfriars Library in Newgate Street.
- 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.
Picture of people watching David Blaine do nothing by .DOYLE., via the Londonist Flickr Pool.
Last Updated 18 October 2010