At mylondonblog.com we are passionate about the history of the city we live in. We have compiled a database of famous, and not so well known, events which are displayed on every page (in the sidebar if you are viewing on a desktop, or further down the page if viewing on a mobile device).
Our events for today.
- 1571 Royal Exchange opens. The Royal Exchange was founded by the merchant Thomas Gresham to act as a centre of commerce for the City of London. It was Britain's first specialist commercial building. The Royal Exchange has twice been destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt. The present building dates from the 1840s.
- 1909 Tottenham outrage. A failed wages theft from the Schnurmann rubber factory in Chesnut Road, Tottenham, kills 2 and injures 23 people. The armed robbers fled, resulting in a two-hour chase between them and police over a distance of six miles across north London in what was known as the Tottenham outrage. An estimated 400 rounds of ammunition were fired by the two thieves, of Latvian origin, who committed suicide at the end of the pursuit.
- 1806 William Pitt dead. William Pitt the Younger died at Bowling Green House on Putney Heath. A prominent British Tory statesman of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Pitt became Prime Minister twice and is the youngest person to hold this office, doing so at the age of 24. He was aged just 46 at the time of his death.
Our events for tomorrow.
- 1907 William Whiteley murdered. Business entrepreneur William Whiteley was shot dead in his shop on Westbourne Grove. Whiteley was the founder of the retail company whose eponymous department store became the Whiteleys shopping centre. He was murdered by Horace George Raynor, who claimed that he was Whiteley's illegitimate son.
- 1965 Winston Churchill dead. Winston Churchill, statesman, army officer and writer, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, dies at his home at 28 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington. Churchill had suffered a severe stroke nine days before.