On this day in 1986, London’s orbital motorway was officially opened. It took 11 years to build, and cost £7.5m a mile.
Articles written by Ben Judge
The deregulation of 1986 – dubbed the ‘Big Bang’ – brought the City into the modern age and helped it become the financial powerhouse it is today.
The FTSE 100 built on Tuesday’s gains yesterday, climbing a further 0.4% to close at 6,399.
On this day in 1962, the Kennedy administration issued its famous ultimatum – either the USSR removes its nuclear weapons from Cuba or else.
Almost exactly a year after setting off, Mao Zedong and his army of communists arrived at the foot of the Great Wall of China on this day in 1935.
The FTSE 100 took a beating yesterday, dragged down by Shire’s share-price collapse, and investors’ fears over the global economy. The index closed down 2.8% at 6,211.
On this day in 1987, winds of up to 115mph ravaged southern England, as the worst storm for nearly 300 years hit, causing devastation.
On this day in 1884, Greenwich was chosen as the prime meridian of longitude, settling the matter of time once and for all.
By far the tallest building in London at the time, the Post Office Tower was officially opened by Harold Wilson on this day in 1965.
On this day in 1927, cinema-goers descended on the premiere of ‘The Jazz Singer’ to see ‘the world’s greatest entertainer’ Al Jolson in one of the first ‘talkies’.