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1865: Massive fire at London gas works
A massive explosion ripped through a gas works in south-west London, causing an enormous fire which could be seen for miles around.
1964: Final curtain call for Windmill Theatre
Made famous for having statuesque nude girls on stage, the curtain came down for the last time at the Windmill Theatre in London's West End.
1971: Bomb explodes in Post Office Tower
A bomb exploded at the top of the Post Office Tower in central London, causing extensive damage but no injuries.

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  2. 1900: 'Twopenny Tube' opens to the public
  3. 1985: Tube smoking ban expanded to stations
  4. 1981: BR's tilting train arrives in London
  5. 1970: motorway opens in west London
  6. 1947: 32 killed in South Croydon train crash
  7. 1985: Gas explosion in Putney kills 8
  8. 1966: Guinness heir killed in car accident
  9. 1975: 43 killed in Moorgate rush-hour Tube crash
  10. 1913: Suffragettes jailed for Kew Gardens blaze