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Monday Miscellanea

By Dave Haste Last edited 69 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday8th August 1988: The Duchess of York gives birth to her (and Prince Andrew’s) first child in the Portland Hospital in central London. The girl would later be named Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, confounding those who foolishly placed bets on what the new princess’s name would be.
  • Tuesday9th August 1902: More than 18 months after the death of Queen Victoria, the heir to the throne, Edward VII, is crowned King at Westminster Abbey.
  • Wednesday10th August 2003: At the height of a massive Europe-wide heat wave, London records its highest ever temperature - 38.1 °C (100.6 °F), measured at Kew Gardens.
  • Thursday11th August 1897: Enid Blyton is born in East Dulwich. She would become a hugely successful author of children’s fiction.
  • Friday12th August 1827: Renowned poet and painter William Blake dies. Five days later, he would be buried in an unmarked grave in Bunhill Fields.

Random London Quote Of The Week

I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London.

William Hazlitt

Picture by Stephen Iliffe via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 07 August 2011