Monday Miscellanea

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

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday3rd 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.
  • Tuesday4th October 1911: London Underground’s first escalator goes into service at Earl’s Court tube station.
  • Wednesday5th 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.
  • Thursday6th 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.
  • Friday7th 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

Picture by tezzer57 via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 02 October 2011