Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 86 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday13th June 1981: Teenager Marcus Sarjeant fires six blank shots at the Queen during the Trooping the Colour ceremony. The Queen is unharmed, and Sarjeant is later imprisoned for treason.
  • Tuesday14th June 1961: George O’Dowd is born in Eltham, South-East London. In the 1980s he would become better known as Boy George, the androgynous lead-singer of Culture Club.
  • Wednesday15th June 1215: King John puts his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymede (about half-way between Heathrow Airport and Windsor).
  • Thursday16th June 1838: The London Working Men’s Association is formed, marking the beginnings of a significant movement for social and political reform.
  • Friday17th June 1974: An IRA bomb explodes at the Houses of Parliament, causing extensive damage, and minor injuries to 11 people.

London Quote Of The Week

It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

Picture by John Quintero via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 12 June 2011