Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 88 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday5th September 1975: An IRA bomb explodes in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in central London, causing 2 fatalities and injuries to a further 63 people.
  • Tuesday6th September 1997: The funeral of Princess Diana takes place at Westminster Abbey. The service is watched on television by millions of people worldwide, as Elton John performs a re-worked version of Candle in the Wind and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, delivers a controversial speech criticising the media and (indirectly) the Royal Family.
  • Wednesday7th September 1978: Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov is stabbed in the thigh with an umbrella whilst walking across Waterloo Bridge. He soon develops a fever, is hospitalised, and dies three days later. A post-mortem reveals a metal pellet containing the poison ricin embedded in his thigh.
  • Thursday8th September 1915: During the first bombing raid on London of the First World War, a Zeppelin drops incendiary bombs near Fenchurch Street.
  • Friday9th September 1960: Hugh John Mungo Grant is born in Hammersmith. He would become a well-recognised film actor and producer.

Random London Quote Of The Week

Four thousand people cross London bridge every day, mostly fools.

Thomas Carlyle

Picture by Mohain via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 04 September 2011