Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 72 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday27th August 1967: Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, is found dead in his Belgravia home. A post mortem would conclude that he died of an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • Tuesday28th August 2003: A large power outage causes significant disruption to most South London mainline rail services and the majority of the tube network.
  • Wednesday29th August 1947: James Hunt is born in Belmont (a village in what is now the London Borough of Sutton). He would become a popular and successful racing driver, winning the F1 World Championship in 1976.
  • Thursday30th August 1797: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is born in Somers Town. She would become known, under the name Mary Shelley, for her novel 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus'.
  • Friday - 31st August 1888: Mary Ann Nichols is found dead in Whitechapel. Her death would be attributed to Jack the Ripper.

London Quote Of The Week

All over London as one walks, one everywhere, in the season, sees oranges to sell; and they are in general sold tolerably cheap, one and even sometimes two for a halfpenny; or, in our money, threepence. At the play-house, however, they charged me sixpence for one orange, and that noways remarkably good.

Karl Philipp Moritz, Travels in England in 1782

Picture by malcsp76 via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 27 August 2012