On 9 April 1626 Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author, died of pneumonia. He was the agent of his own demise having experimented at trying to freeze a chicken with snow. He argued that scientific knowledge must be based only upon inductive and careful observation of events. He caught a chill and was taken to the Highgate home of the Earl of Arundel and put into a damp bed. He would never get out of the bed alive.
On 9 April 1970 at the High Court in London a petition brought by Paul McCartney formerly wound up The Beatles
On 9 April 1976 then president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, was acquitted of bank robbery at the Old Bailey (£490 from Barclays bank)
The only London residence of William Blake that still remains is 17 South Molton Street where Blake lived on the first floor 1803-1812
On 9 April 1483 Edward IV died at Westminster, the crown passed to his son Edward V aged just twelve years old
On 9 April 1747 at Tower Hill Scottish clan chief Lord Simon Fraser Lovat was the last person in Britain to be executed by being beheaded
On 9 April 1914 the world’s first silent colour film, the sleezy sounding World, Flesh and the Devil was shown in London
The Old Mitre pub in Holborn contains a cherry tree trunk round which, it is claimed by the pub owners, Elizabeth I danced
West Ham United football club were originally founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks Football Club and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United
Seventeen different bus routes pass through Trafalgar Square it makes the square one of the busiest crossroads for London traffic
In 1100s human lavatories walked the streets of London wearing large cloaks and a bucket. Customers used the bucket whilst hidden by the cloak
On 9 April 1787 a fencing match between Chevalier de St. Georges and Chavaliere d’Eton took place at Carlton House, both were 1st class fencers, d’Eton 20 years older and dressed as a woman won
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1749 The first performance of Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks took place in Green Park.
1992 Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons, the same day that in 1840 the foundation stone for the new Palace of Westminster had been laid by the wife of Sir Charles Barry.
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