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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st January 2006 River Thames Bottlenose Whale found dead near Albert Bridge.

21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.

21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)

21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London

21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London

21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London

21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London

21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.

21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.

The Princess Alice Disaster



The Princess Alice Disaster

This is where one of the worst disasters on the Thames occurred.

Location: Galleon's Reach, Plumstead

Description: One of the worst losses of life in The River Thames was the Princess Alice Disaster which happened on 14 September 1878.

The Paddle Steamer had taken over 700 passengers from London Bridge to Gravesend for a gorgeous Summer's day out.

On the return journey it was passing this point in the bend of the Thames when it collided with a huge collier steamer on it's way from Millwall to Newcastle called Bywell Castle. Both saw the problem and maneouvred but to no avail - 750 passengers were plunged into the filthy rivers.

Over 100 were pulled safe from the River, which had been heavily polluted by a recent sewage dump nearby.

The memorial in Woolwich Cemetery states that 550 people died but it's certainly more than that.


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The Princess Alice Disaster

This is where one of the worst disasters on the Thames occurred.


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