This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 3rd October 1975: After three days of holding several of the staff at a Knightsbridge Italian restaurant hostage in a storeroom, three gunmen surrender to police. The hostages are released unharmed.
- Tuesday – 4th October 1911: London Underground’s first escalator goes into service at Earl’s Court tube station.
- Wednesday – 5th October 1999: 31 people die and over 400 are injured as two trains collide head-on at Ladbroke Grove Junction, two miles west of Paddington Station.
- Thursday – 6th October 1985: Police Constable Keith Blakelock, whilst protecting firefighters during a riot in Tottenham, trips over and falls to the ground. Before he can regain his feet, he is hacked to death by a mob carrying knives and machetes.
- Friday – 7th October 2000: The last ever competitive football match to take place at the old Wembley Stadium results in England losing 1-0 to Germany.
Random London Quote Of The Week
Ye towers of Julius, London's lasting shame,
With many a foul and midnight murder fed.
Thomas Gray, The Bard