This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 5th December 1905: Part of the roof of Charing Cross station collapses, killing six people.
- Tuesday – 6th December 1983: Britain’s first heart and lung transplant operation takes place at Harefield Hospital in Uxbridge, west London. The operation goes well, but sadly the patient would die 13 days later.
- Wednesday – 7th December 1732: The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden is opened. It would later become the Royal Opera House.
- Thursday – 8th December 1868: London’s first traffic light is positioned at the junction of Bridge Street and Great George Street in Westminster.
- Friday – 9th December 1608: John Milton is born in Cheapside in the City of London. He would become a famous poet, best known for his poem Paradise Lost.
Random London Quote Of The Week
There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear - the city of London and the South Seas.
Herman Melville, The South Seas