Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 87 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday10th October 1881: The Savoy Theatre is opened on the Strand, becoming the first public building in the world to be entirely lit by electricity.
  • Tuesday11th October 1573: Sir John Hawkins, Treasurer of the Royal Navy, suffers an assassination attempt whilst riding down the Strand. The would-be assassin, one Peter Burchett, stabs Hawkins, mistaking him for Sir Christopher Hatton. Despite being severely injured by the attack, Hawkins would survive. The same could not be said for Burchett, who would be hanged near the place of the attack.
  • Wednesday12th October 1609: London composer Thomas Ravencroft publishes an early version of what would become the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice.
  • Thursday13th October 1884: At the International Meridian Conference (taking place in Washington, D.C.), Greenwich is established as the location for the 'Prime Meridian' – the starting point for calculating longitude and the world’s time zones.
  • Friday14th October 1852: King’s Cross Station is opened.

Random London Quote Of The Week

The established government has no more right to call itself the state than the smoke of London has to call itself the weather.

George Bernard Shaw

Picture by victorianlondon via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 09 October 2011