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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
Museum Bomb Coincidence
This is where an amazingly lucky war time coincidence occured.
Location: Edward VII Gallery, British Museum
Description: During one raid in World War II a bomb fell through the gallery roof, made a hole in the floor and failed to explode in the rooms beneath.
Some time afterwards, during another raid, a second bomb fell through the same hole and also failed to explode!
The reading room was kept open throughout the war, a great achievement.
The Edward VII galleries in the centre of the North Front were built from 1906-14 to the design of Sir John James Burnet and now houses the Asian and Islamic collections.