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I Read the News Today

Weird and wonderful, it all happened in May

“I READ THE NEWS TODAY...”

1812 TIME AT THE BAR

SPENCER SLAIN

Just after 5pm on 11 May 1812, Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was walking through the Westminster lobby when he was shot. He reportedly cried out “I am murdered!” before collapsing, becoming the only Prime Minister to be assassinated.

The next day, an inquest was held into the actions of the attacker, aggrieved merchant John Bellingham. Everything was above board, except that this o cial inquiry took place in the Rose and Crown pub on Downing Street. Let’s hope they raised a glass to the fallen PM before proceeding.

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