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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th May 1960 Born today: Adrian Paul, London England, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander)
29th May 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
29th May 1911 W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, dies in his lake at Grims Dyke trying to save a girl.
The Silvertown Explosion
This is where Britain's biggest ever explosion occured in 1917.
Location: North Woolwich Road, London
Description: On Friday the 19th of January, 1917 at 6:52 pm a huge explosion ripped a large area of Silvertown from the face of the Earth.
The sound was heard and the shock-wave felt all over London and Essex, it was heard over 100 miles away as far as Southampton and Norwich, the fires that followed were seen 30 miles away from as far as Guildford and Maidstone.
In the crowded suburbs of Silvertown at least 73 people died and over 400 were injured. Up to 70,000 properties were damaged with over 500 destroyed.
The blast was heard up to 100 miles away and is cited in physics textbooks to illustrate the manner in which sound is transmitted.