Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 89 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday30th May 1972: The ‘Angry Brigade’, a group responsible for a large number of bomb attacks in the early 70s, go on trial at the Old Bailey.
  • Tuesday31st May 1859: Big Ben rings across Westminster for the first time, although it does not officially go into service until later that year.
  • Wednesday1st June 1845: A homing pigeon arrives in London, having set off from Namibia some 55 days earlier. Supposedly.
  • Thursday2nd June 1953: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in Westminster Abbey.
  • Friday3rd June 1982: Israeli ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, is shot in the head outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. He would survive the attack, but be left permanently paralysed. Three men would be convicted of attempted murder.

London Quote Of The Week

Cam ye o'er frae France? Cam y'doon by Lunnon?

Saw ye Geordie Whelps and his bonny woman?

Were ye at the place, ca'd the Kittle Hoosie

Saw ye Geordie's Grace ridin' on a Goosie?

From a Jacobite song alluding to George I's fondness for visiting brothels.

Picture by blech via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 30 May 2011