On 9 July 1982 Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and spent 10 minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom. He scaled the walls around the palace and shinned a drain-pipe up to the Queen’s private apartments. Barefooted and wearing a t-shirt the unemployed father of four evaded electronic alarms before disturbing the Queen by opening a curtain. It was the first time that private royal apartments had been penetrated since Queen Victoria’s reign.
On 9 July 1991 a bank collapsed costing taxpayers millions, the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International lost about 20 local councils up to £30 million in investments
On 9 July 1864 England’s 1st railway murder, 70 year old bank clerk Thomas Briggs body was found on the tracks near Hackney Wick
The Hanger Lane Gyratory System known as Malfunction Junction is so complicated was voted Britain’s scariest junction by anxious motorists
Karl Marx one of the many famous residents at Highgate Cemetery, his tomb has been bombed twice, in 1965 and 1970
St Mary Woolnoth’s past rector was reformed former slave-trader John Newton friend of William Wilberforce and author of hymn Amazing Grace
Founded in 1811 and designed by Sir John Soane, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is the oldest purpose-built gallery in Britain
Belsize House became a byword for scandal in the 1720s notorious for immoral parties, extravagant feasts, mud-wrestling and illegal gambling
On 9 July 1877 the first Wimbledon Championships began with a single event-The Gentlemen’s Singles Tournament, won by Spencer Gore, aged 27 against 22 competitors each paying a guinea to enter
Greenford station remains the only one on the Underground with wooden escalators all others were removed after large fire at King’s Cross
Jacob Cohen opened his first Tesco in Burnt Oak combining the initials of his tea supplier T.E. Stockwell with his surname’s first letters
In a bizarre episode Gunnersbury Station was badly damaged in 1954 when a tornado ripped off its roof injuring six people
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