The last execution at the Tower of London took place on the 15th August 1941. Josef Jakobs was a German spy who was arrested after he signalled for help after breaking his ankle when he parachuted into Britain.
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The Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground during a performance of Henry VIII.
On the 31st May 1669, Samuel Pepys wrote the final entry of his famous diary.
On the 19th May 1536, Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of the future Elizabeth I – was beheaded in the Tower of London, having been found guilty of adultery, treason, and incest.
John Rogers became the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I after he was burnt at the stake.
The Brunner Mond chemical factory had been built in 1893 to manufacture caustic soda and soda crystals.
The first traveller’s cheques, in the form of a ‘circular note’ issued by a bank, went on sale in London.
On the 25th December 1066, William of Normandy was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
On the 19th December 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol was published in London by Chapman & Hall.
The worst fire in the history of the London Underground killed 31 people at Kings Cross St Pancras station.