This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 17 March 1984: The Boat Race is postponed after the Cambridge boat crashes into a moored barge less than an hour before the race’s scheduled start.
- Tuesday – 18 March 1496: Mary Tudor is born at Richmond Palace. She would become ‘queen consort of France’ due to her marriage to Louis XII.
- Wednesday – 19 March 2005: As many as 200,000 protesters march through central London on the second anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.
- Thursday – 20 March 1974: A gunman attempts to kidnap Princess Anne by ambushing her chauffer-driven car as she returns to Buckingham Palace from a charity event on Pall Mall. Despite shooting several people, the man fails in his kidnap attempt and is arrested.
- Friday – 21 March 1962: Driverless tube trains are demonstrated in South Ealing.
London Quote Of The Week
As I came down the Highgate Hill,
The Highgate Hill, the Highgate Hill,
As I came down the Highgate Hill
I met the sun's bravado,
And saw below me, fold on fold,
Grey to pearl and pearl to gold,
This London like a land of old,
The land of Eldorado.
Henry Howarth Bashford, 'Romances'