On 5 June 1929 Margaret Bondfield, women’s campaigner and MP, became the first woman to be a minister, under Ramsay Macdonald, as Minister for Labour, and the first woman to become a Privy Councillor
On 5 June 1963 John Profumo resigned as Secretary for War after admitting he had lied over his affair with Christine Keeler
Bow Street was the only police station to have white lights outside instead of the traditional blue – they were ordered by Queen Victoria
The golden flames on top of St. Paul’s lean in the direction the wind was blowing on the night of the Great Fire
In 1637 playwright Ben Jonson was buried upright in Westminster Abbey as he couldn’t afford to pay for a larger space
London’s epic Parliament Square peace protestor (no one else can permanently stay there) Brian Haw, born 1949 stood there since 2 June 2001 until his death in 2011
Harry Potter’s magic luggage trolley sticks out of a wall between platforms 8/9 not 9/10 because J. K.Rowling was thinking of Euston
Until recently Londoners consumed a prodigious amount of champagne, by volume they equalled the entire amount exported by France to America
In the 18th century at the Cat & Mutton, Broadway Market hosted the Soapy Pig Swinging Contest, drovers lathered a pig’s tail and hurled it
The colourful benches on the Southeastern High Speed platform in St Pancras are the five chopped-up Olympic rings once hanging there in 2012
Isaac Newton lived at 87 Jermyn Street, St. James when he worked at the Royal Mint where he was tasked with prosecuting counterfeiters
On 5 June 1939 an assassin attempted to shoot the Duchess of Kent she didn’t realise what was happening and went to see Wuthering Heights
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2 thoughts on “London Trivia: First female minister”
I was 11 during the Profumo Affair. I remember what a big deal it was, with every newspaper full of it.
That’s when politicians gave us a decent scandal, not just ‘did he, or did he not, have a birthday cake’?
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