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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd February 2002 The Millenium Bridge was re-opened after a 5m de-wobbling redesign.

22nd February 1953 Comedy actor Nigel Planer, Young Ones, was born in Westminster, London.

22nd February 1940 Born today: Julian Chagrin, London, mime/actor (Golddiggers)

22nd February 1928 Born today: Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)

22nd February 1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

22nd February 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)

22nd February 1868 Celebrated magician David Devant born David Wighton in Holloway, London.

22nd February 1684 Born today: William Pulteney, London, statesman (Earl of Bath)

Foreign Anarchist Club



Foreign Anarchist Club

The infamous foreign anarchist club raided in 1894.

Location: 6 Windmill Street, Tottenham Court Road

Description: In the last two decades of the 19th century, a series of anarchist inspired terrorist attacks hit many European countries.

This was the location for the London branch of Club Autonomie, a collaboration of mainly-immigrant anarchists, many from France.

They became notorious when French member Martial Bourdin (1868-1894) blew himself up trying to bomb Greenwich Observatory in 1894.

In Greenwich, on the afternoon of 15 February 1894, two staff working late were startled by a 'sharp and clear detonation, followed by a noise like a shell going through the air'. Bourdin was found with severe injuries but was still able to talk but didn't divulge anything before dying. He had a membership card for the club in his pocket.

The police later raided the Club here in their investigations and arrested 8 members. Many were deported but no charges were made.


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Foreign Anarchist Club

The infamous foreign anarchist club raided in 1894.


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