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Royal Exchange, looking Southward
The Beauties of England and Wales (1801-1815)

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William Henry Bartlett print

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General View of the Tower, London

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The Bank of England (1910)

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Blackfriars Bridge, London

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1550 - The population of London is about 120,000
The population of London may have reached 120,000 by the middle of the 16th century and about...Read MORE...

1571 - The Royal Exchange is built
Wool was still the main export from London but there were also exports of 'Excellent saffron in...Read MORE...

1600 - The population of London is about 250,000
Nevertheless the suburbs outside London continued to grow. In the late 16th century rich men began...Read MORE...

1603 - Plague strikes London
All this happened despite outbreaks of bubonic plague. It broke out in 1603, 1633 and 1665 but each ...Read MORE...

1633 - Plague strikes again (London)
1635 - Hyde Park is opened to the public (London)
Banqueting House was built in 1622. In 1635 the king opened Hyde Park to the public. In 1637...Read MORE...

1642 - Civil War (London)
Then in 1642 Civil War began between king and parliament. The royalists made one attempt to capture ...Read MORE...

1665 - Great Plague struck London; over 75,000 died webimage/ countrys/ europe/ england/ uketimeln2.htm
News  1666 - The Great Fire of London destroys about 13,200 houses
In 1666 came the great fire of London. It began on 2 September in a baker's house in Pudding Lane....Read MORE...

1685 - Oil lamps are used to light the streets of London
In the 17th century wealthy Londoners obtained piped water for the first time. It was brought by...Read MORE...

1699 - Billingsgate is made a fish market (London)
Billingsgate was a general market until 1699 when an Act of Parliament made it a fish market.
1700 - The population of London is about 600,000
The population of London rose from about 600,000 in 1700 to 950,000 in 1800. The fashionable...Read MORE...

1703 - Buckingham Palace is built
1705 - Apr 23 - Richard Steele's "Tender Husband" premieres in London
1711 - St Paul's Cathedral is completed
News  1717 - June 24 - 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
June 24, 1717
News  1718 - May 15 - James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
May 15, 1718
News  1726 - October 28 - "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London
October 28, 1726
News  1843 - March 25 – Marc Isambard Brunel's Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel under the River Thames and the world's first bored underwater tunnel, is opened in London.
March 25, 1843
News  1843 - December 17 – Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol is first published, in London. Released on December 19 it sells out by Christmas Eve.
December 17, 1843
News  1844 - June 6 – George Williams founds the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in London.
June 6, 1844
1845 - The rubber band is invented (Stephen Perry, England)
"THE FIRST elastic bands, made from vulcanised rubber, were patented on March 17, 1845, by Stephen...Read MORE...

News  1848 - February 21 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) in London.
February 21, 1848
News  1859 - Big Ben begins keeping time
May 31, 1859: The Great Clock (aka Big Ben) in London officially began keeping time. (On July 11,...Read MORE...

News  1869 - More than fifteen hundred deaths occur in London every week.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 30, 1869
1869 - A handbill, of which the following is a copy, was lately posted in sundry places in London:
"Vive la Republique!
"The Queen will visit the city in state on Saturday, and on ...Read MORE...

News  1872 - Enterprising Yankee
A Yankee has a street stand in London for the sale of pop-corn and roasted peanuts.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 9, 1872
News  1881 - On entering the sea, bathers should go thoroughly into it, and not dabble about, to get chilled knee-deep in the water...
When an individual commences bathing, it is best that he or she take one or two plunges, and then...Read MORE...

March 13, 1882: Eadweard Muybridge's Zoopraxiscope, an early movie projector, debuted in London

The Old Farmer's Almanac
News  1887 - November 13 – Bloody Sunday: Police in London clash with radical and Irish nationalist protesters.
November 13, 1887
1888 - Jack the Ripper active in London; Commits series of brutal murders

News  1892 - October 31 – The first collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories from The Strand Magazine, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, is published in London.
October 31, 1892
News  1907 - March 22 – The first taxicabs with taxi meters begin operating in London.
March 22, 1907
News  1908 - January 24 – Start of publication of Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys in London. The book will over time sell over 100 million copies and effectively begin the worldwide Boy Scout movement.
January 24, 1908
News  1908 - April 27–October 31 – The 1908 Summer Olympics are held in London.
April 27, 1908
News  1912 - THE TITANIC SAILS TO-DAY. Largest Vessel In World to Bring Many Well-Known Persons Here.
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.

LONDON, April, 9. - The White Star liner Titanic, the...Read MORE...

News  1922 - November 14 – The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins radio service in the United Kingdom, broadcasting from station 2LO in London.
November 14, 1922
News  1926 - January 16 – A BBC radio play about a worker's revolution causes a panic in London.
January 16, 1926

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