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  • Londinium (national capital, United Kingdom)

    London, city, capital of the United Kingdom. It is among the oldest of the world’s great cities—its history spanning nearly two millennia—and one of the most cosmopolitan. By far Britain’s largest metropolis, it is also the country’s economic, transportation, and cultural centre. London is situated

  • London (poem by Johnson)

    Samuel Johnson: The Gentleman’s Magazine and early publications: London is an “imitation” of the Roman satirist Juvenal’s third satire. (A loose translation, an imitation applies the manner and topics of an earlier poet to contemporary conditions.) Thales, the poem’s main speaker, bears some resemblance to the poet Richard Savage, of whom Johnson knew…

  • London (poem by Blake)

    William Blake: Blake as a poet: In “London” the speaker, shown in the design as blind, bearded, and “age-bent,” sees in “every face…marks of woe,” and observes that “In every voice…The mind-forg’d manacles I hear.” In “The Tyger,” which answers “The Lamb” of Innocence, the despairing speaker asks the “Tyger burning bright”…

  • London (Ontario, Canada)

    London, city, seat of Middlesex county, southeastern Ontario, Canada. It lies at the forks of the Thames River, midway between Lakes Ontario (east) and St. Clair (west) and Lakes Huron (north) and Erie (south). Its name and site were chosen in 1792 for the location of a capital of Canada West

  • London (national capital, United Kingdom)

    London, city, capital of the United Kingdom. It is among the oldest of the world’s great cities—its history spanning nearly two millennia—and one of the most cosmopolitan. By far Britain’s largest metropolis, it is also the country’s economic, transportation, and cultural centre. London is situated

  • London 1908 Olympic Games

    London 1908 Olympic Games, athletic festival held in London that took place April 27–Oct. 31, 1908. The London Games were the fourth occurrence of the modern Olympic Games. The 1908 Olympic Games originally were scheduled for Rome, but, with Italy beset by organizational and financial obstacles, it

  • London 1948 Olympic Games

    London 1948 Olympic Games, athletic festival held in London that took place July 29–Aug. 14, 1948. The London Games were the 11th occurrence of the modern Olympic Games. Despite limited preparation time and after much debate over the need for a sports festival at a time when many countries were

  • London 2012 Olympic Games

    London 2012 Olympic Games, athletic festival held in London that took place July 27–August 12, 2012. The London Games were the 27th occurrence of the modern Olympic Games. In 2012 London became the first city to host the modern Games three times, having previously been the site of the 1908 and 1948

  • London Adventurers (English company)

    Mayflower: …of English merchants called the London Adventurers, the Mayflower was prevented by rough seas and storms from reaching the territory that had been granted in Virginia (a region then conceived of as much larger than the present-day U.S. state of Virginia, at the time including the Mayflower’s original destination in…

  • London After Midnight (film by Browning [1927])

    Tod Browning: The MGM and Universal years: In London After Midnight (1927; now lost) Chaney had a dual role as a Scotland Yard inspector and a sinister vampire. Chaney played “Dead-Legs” Phroso, a paralyzed former magician who raises the daughter of his hated rival in a brothel but does not know she is…

  • London Agreement (World War II)

    Nürnberg trials: …these trials stemmed from the London Agreement of August 8, 1945. On that date, representatives from the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the provisional government of France signed an agreement that included a charter for an international military tribunal to conduct trials of major Axis war criminals…

  • London and South America, Bank of

    Lloyds Banking Group: BOLSA (Bank of London and South America) had been formed in 1923 with the merger of two Latin American banks. BOLSA acquired the business of the Anglo–South American Bank in 1936, giving it interests in France, Spain, and Portugal as well as in most Latin American…

  • London Aquarium (aquarium, London, United Kingdom)

    County Hall: The London Aquarium opened in the central section in 1997. It contains about 30,000 marine animals and plants representing some 350 species. Its tanks are stocked according to different marine zones, with specimens from the Indian Ocean, European rivers and lakes, the Great Barrier Reef, mangrove…

  • London Assurance (work by Boucicault and Brougham)

    Dion Boucicault: His second play, London Assurance (1841), which foreshadowed the modern social drama, was a huge success and was frequently revived into the 20th century. Other notable early plays were Old Heads and Young Hearts (1844) and The Corsican Brothers (1852).

  • London Basin (marine basin, Europe)

    Tertiary Period: Sedimentary sequences: The marine Hampshire and London basins, the Paris Basin, the Anglo-Belgian Basin, and the North German Basin have become the standard for comparative studies of the Paleogene part of the Cenozoic, whereas the Mediterranean region (Italy) has become the standard for the Neogene. The Tertiary record of the Paris…

  • London bombings of 2005 (terrorist attacks, United Kingdom)

    London bombings of 2005, coordinated suicide bomb attacks on the London transit system on the morning of July 7, 2005. At 8:50 am explosions tore through three trains on the London Underground, killing 39. An hour later 13 people were killed when a bomb detonated on the upper deck of a bus in

  • London Bridge (children’s singing game)

    London Bridge, children’s singing game in which there are several players (usually eight or more), two of whom join hands high to form an arch (the bridge). The other players march under the bridge, each holding onto the waist of the player in front. Either the players forming the bridge or all the

  • London Bridge Station (railroad station, London, United Kingdom)

    London Bridge Station, railway station in the Bermondsey district of Southwark, London. It lies southeast of London Bridge and northeast of Guy’s Hospital, and it is adjacent to the tourist attraction called the London Dungeon. The first station on the site was built of wood in 1836, but more

  • London Calling (album by the Clash)

    the Clash: …the eclectic, sophisticated double album London Calling (released in the U.K. in 1979 and in the U.S. in 1980); steeped in reggae and rhythm and blues, it brought the Clash their first American hit single with Jones’s composition “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”—an afterthought added to the album so…

  • London City Council (British government body)

    London: The City Corporation: …London as a whole, the London County Council (LCC). However, the City Corporation successfully lobbied to preserve its autonomy and secured the creation of a second tier of elected local governments, the metropolitan boroughs, to function as a political counterweight to the LCC.

  • London City Mission (mission, London, United Kingdom)

    city mission: …City Mission (1826) and the London City Mission (1835) both sought to evangelize and rehabilitate the urban poor. Beginning with home visitation and tract distribution by volunteer lay missionaries, the city mission movement expanded into Sunday school, day school, and temperance activities with paid missionaries; and eventually it provided food,…

  • London Clay (geology)

    London Clay, major division of Eocene rocks in the London Basin of England (the Eocene Epoch lasted from 57.8 to 36.6 million years ago); it immediately underlies much of the city of London. The London Clay overlies the Reading Beds, underlies the Bagshot Sands, and is included in the Ypresian

  • London Clinic (clinic, London, United Kingdom)

    clinic: Private clinics: …of special interest is the London Clinic, established in 1932 by a group of prominent consultant surgeons and physicians who wished to make available to their private patients a place where the comforts and privacy of a nursing home could be combined with facilities for diagnosis and therapy such as…

  • London Company (British trading company)

    Virginia Company, commercial trading company, chartered by King James I of England in April 1606 with the object of colonizing the eastern coast of North America between latitudes 34° and 41° N. Its shareholders were Londoners, and it was distinguished from the Plymouth Company, which was chartered

  • London Convention (United Kingdom-Transvaal [1884])

    Cecil Rhodes: Political involvement in Africa: By the London Convention of 1884, the two republics were excluded from the Transvaal, and the Cape government agreed to help finance a protectorate over Bechuanaland.

  • London Customs Convention (1944)

    Benelux: …countries were made in the London Customs Convention in September 1944 and became operative in 1948. By 1956 nearly all of the internal trade of the union was tariff-free. On February 3, 1958, the Treaty of the Benelux Economic Union was signed; it became operative in 1960. Benelux became the…

  • London Debating Society

    John Stuart Mill: Public life and writing: At the London Debating Society, where he first measured his strength in public conflict, he found himself looked upon with curiosity as a precocious phenomenon, a “made man,” an intellectual machine set to grind certain tunes. The elder Mill, like Plato, would have put poets under ban…

  • London Dispensary (clinic, London, United Kingdom)
  • London Dock Strike (British history)

    London Dock Strike, (1889), influential strike by workers in the Port of London that won them the famous “dockers’ tanner” (a pay rate of sixpence per hour) and revitalized the British Trades Union movement. Following a minor dispute at the South-West India Dock (Aug. 13, 1889), labour activists

  • London Docklands (area, London, United Kingdom)

    London Docklands, area along the River Thames in London. It covers nearly 9 square miles (22 square km) of riverfront centred on the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Southwark, Lewisham, and Greenwich. The Docklands area was for centuries the principal hub of British seaborne trade. In the latter

  • London Docklands Development Corporation (British corporation)

    London: Reconstruction after World War II: During the 1980s the London Docklands Development Corporation encouraged major changes in Docklands, including the construction of new housing and a large number of new offices (notably at Canary Wharf). London had experienced substantial deindustrialization by this time, with old industries that had been installed in Victorian times collapsing…

  • London dry (alcoholic beverage)

    gin: The drier types, sometimes called London dry, may be served unmixed or may be combined with other ingredients to make such cocktails as the martini and gimlet and such long drinks as the Tom Collins and the gin and tonic.

  • London English (dialect)

    English language: Transition from Middle English to Early Modern English: …century were the rise of London English, the invention of printing, and the spread of the new learning associated with the Renaissance.

  • London Evening News (British newspaper)

    Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, Viscount Northcliffe: …field, purchasing the nearly bankrupt London Evening News and transforming it into a popular newspaper with brief news reports, a daily story, and a column for women. Within a year circulation had grown to 160,000 copies, and profits were substantial. Conceiving the idea of a chain of halfpenny morning papers…

  • London Evening Post (British newspaper)

    John Almon: …parliamentary reports, published in the London Evening Post, precipitated a crisis between printers and Parliament in 1771; others followed the example of the Post. Wilkes used his privileged position as alderman of the City of London to prevent the arrest of printers and put an end to Parliament’s power to…

  • London Eye (observation wheel, Lambeth, London, United Kingdom)

    London Eye, revolving observation wheel, or Ferris wheel, in London, on the South Bank of the River Thames in the borough of Lambeth. At an overall height of 443 feet (135 metres), the London Eye was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel from 1999, when it was built, until 2006, when it was surpassed by

  • London Fashion Week

    fashion industry: Fashion shows: Milan, New York, and London. However, there are literally dozens of other Fashion Weeks internationally—from Tokyo to S?o Paolo. These shows, of much greater commercial importance than the couture shows, are aimed primarily at fashion journalists and at buyers for department stores, wholesalers, and other major markets. Extensively covered…

  • London Festival Ballet (British ballet company)

    English National Ballet, British dance troupe. Organized in 1950 by Alicia Markova, Anton Dolin, and Julian Braunsweg with a corps de ballet drawn chiefly from the Cone-Ripman School in London and at Tring, Hertford, the troupe performs at locations throughout Great Britain and conducts world

  • London Fields (film by Cullen [2018])

    Billy Bob Thornton: …A Million Little Pieces and London Fields (both 2018).

  • London Fields (novel by Amis)

    Martin Amis: London Fields (1989; film 2015) is an ambitious work set in 1999 in which a number of small-scale interpersonal relationships take place amid a society on the verge of apocalyptic collapse. His other major work of this period is Time’s Arrow (1991), which inverts traditional…

  • London Film School (school, London, United Kingdom)

    Greg Dyke: …he became chairman of the London Film School. His autobiography, Greg Dyke: Inside Story (2004), chronicles his career at the BBC.

  • London Films (British company)

    history of the motion picture: Great Britain: …and Vincent Korda, who founded London Films in 1932 and collaborated on some of England’s most spectacular pre-World War II productions (e.g., The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1933; Rembrandt, 1936; Elephant Boy, 1937; The Four Feathers, 1939), and John Grierson, who produced such outstanding documentaries as Robert Flaherty’s Industrial…

  • London force (intermolecular force)

    chemical association: …low temperatures the relatively weak London forces (i.e., forces acting between any two atoms brought close together) may also be strong enough to produce molecular association.

  • London Gazette (British newspaper)

    Sir Richard Steele: Mature life and works.: …that of gazetteer—writer of The London Gazette, the official government journal. Although this reinforced his connection with the Whig leaders, it gave little scope for his artistic talents, and, on April 12, 1709, he secured his place in literary history by launching the thrice-weekly essay periodical The Tatler. Writing under…

  • London Government Act (United Kingdom [1963])

    Middlesex: …1, 1965) under the 1963 London Government Act incorporated most of the area of Middlesex, along with parts of neighbouring counties. Outer London boroughs created wholly or in part from former Middlesex authorities include Hounslow, Hillingdon, Ealing, Brent, Harrow, Haringey, Enfield, Richmond upon

  • London Group (art)

    London Group, English artists’ association founded in November 1913 for the purpose of joint exhibition. The London Group was formed in opposition to the conservative Royal Academy and as an alternative to the New English Art Club, another exhibiting association. The London Group brought together

  • London Has Fallen (film by Najafi [2016])

    Gerard Butler: He reprised the role in London Has Fallen (2016) and Angel Has Fallen (2019). Butler donned period regalia again for the action thriller Gods of Egypt (2016), in which he featured as the god of disorder and warfare. He later starred as a scientist in the disaster movie Geostorm (2017).…

  • London Interbank Offered Rate (banking)

    Prince Harry, duke of Sussex: Social activism and the Invictus Games: …by the government from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) fund, a pool of fines collected from banks that were punished for violating banking rules such as manipulating the LIBOR. Similar to the Paralympic Games, the Invictus Games include athletics (track and field), archery, wheelchair basketball and rugby, sitting volleyball,…

  • London Journal (work by Boswell)

    English literature: Johnson’s poetry and prose: In the London Journal especially (covering 1762–63, first published in 1950), he records the processes of his dealings with others and of his own self-imaginings with a sometimes unnerving frankness and a tough willingness to ask difficult questions of himself.

  • London Labour and the London Poor (work by Mayhew)

    Henry Mayhew: …voluminous writer best known for London Labour and the London Poor, 4 vol. (1851–62). His evocation of the sights and sounds of London in this work influenced Charles Dickens and other writers.

  • London Library (library, London, United Kingdom)

    library: Subscription libraries: …founded in 1807; and the London Library, opened largely at the request of Thomas Carlyle in 1841, which today has a wide-ranging collection for loan to its members in their homes.

  • London Magazine (British periodical)

    Charles Lamb: …under the pseudonym Elia for London Magazine, which was founded in 1820. His style is highly personal and mannered, its function being to “create” and delineate the persona of Elia, and the writing, though sometimes simple, is never plain. The essays conjure up, with humour and sometimes with pathos, old…

  • London Marathon (race)

    London Marathon, annual 26.2-mile (42.2-km) footrace through the streets of London that takes place in April. The event was first held in 1981 and is one of the world’s six major marathons, along with the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Tokyo races. The course of the London Marathon has

  • London Mastaba, The (work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude)

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Works after Jeanne-Claude’s death: 99 km); and The London Mastaba (2018) stacked coloured barrels in the shape of the ancient building type atop a floating platform in the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park.

  • London Mechanic’s Institution (college, London, United Kingdom)

    George Birkbeck: …was the first president of Birkbeck College.

  • London Meeting for Sufferings (religious group)

    Society of Friends: Polity: London Meeting for Sufferings in the 17th century served as a political pressure group, lobbying Parliament for relief from persecution, coordinating legal strategy, and using the press for public appeals; in the 19th century they broadened their concerns to respond to sufferings everywhere.

  • London Merchant: or, the History of George Barnwell, The (play by Lillo)

    George Lillo: …in whose domestic tragedy The London Merchant: or, the History of George Barnwell (1731) members of the middle class replaced the customary aristocratic or royal heroes. The play greatly influenced the rise of bourgeois drama in Germany and France, as well as in England.

  • London Mercury (British periodical)

    history of publishing: Britain: …Pound and the Imagists; the London Mercury (1919–39), started by J.C. (later Sir John) Squire, one of the Georgian poets; the Criterion (1922–39), founded and edited by T.S. Eliot; the Adelphi (1923–55), of John Middleton Murry; New Writing (1936–46), edited by John Lehmann, who also later revived the old London…

  • London Metropolitan Police (British police)

    Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police and, by association, a name often used to denote that force. It is located on the River Thames at Victoria Embankment just north of Westminster Bridge in the City of Westminster. The London police force was created in 1829 by an act

  • London Missionary Society

    Congregationalism: England: …was the founding of the Missionary Society (1795), later named the London Missionary Society (1818). Its purpose was not necessarily to spread Congregationalism but to proclaim “the glorious gospel of the blessed God,” leaving the new churches to determine their own form. Although it has always received support from Congregational…

  • London Mumming (play)

    theatre: The Middle Ages in Europe: …the later mumming plays; the London Mumming of c. 1427 was presented by an all-female cast, while in the Christmas Mumming at Hertford, the young king Henry VI saw a performance consisting of “a disguysing of the rude upplandisshe people compleynynge on hir wyves, with the boystous aunswere of hir…

  • London Museum (museum, London, United Kingdom)

    Museum of London: …the Guildhall Museum and the London Museum. The former, founded by the Corporation of London in 1826, housed many archaeological discoveries of the previous two centuries from Roman and medieval London, the Hanbury Beaufoy collection of tradesmen’s tokens, and material relating to the city guilds and livery companies. The London…

  • London Naval Conference (British history)

    London Naval Conference, (Jan. 21–April 22, 1930), conference held in London to discuss naval disarmament and to review the treaties of the Washington Conference of 1921–22. Hosted by Great Britain, it included representatives of the United States, France, Italy, and Japan. At the end of three

  • London Pantheon (building, London, United Kingdom)

    James Wyatt: …to England, he designed the London Pantheon (opened 1772; later demolished), a Neoclassical building inspired by Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The Pantheon made Wyatt one of the most fashionable architects in England.

  • London Pavilion (theatre, London, United Kingdom)

    Western theatre: Popular entertainment: …luxurious of which was the London Pavilion. An evening’s bill could feature more than 20 different acts, including jugglers, acrobats, conjurers, ventriloquists, dancers, slapstick comedians, and singers ranging from vulgar to light classical. Two of the most famous performers of the 1880s were Marie Lloyd, who specialized in risqué songs,…

  • London Pharmacopoeia (physiology)

    pharmaceutical industry: Pharmaceutical science in the 16th and 17th centuries: The London Pharmacopoeia became mandatory for the whole of England and thus became the first example of a national pharmacopoeia. Another important advance was initiated by Paracelsus, a 16th-century Swiss physician-chemist. He admonished his contemporaries not to use chemistry as it had widely been employed prior…

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra (British orchestra)

    Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet: …in 1932 he founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which became a major symphony ensemble under his direction. In 1932 he also became artistic director at Covent Garden and was thus reunited with the Beecham Opera Company, which had become the British National Opera Company in 1923 and had been absorbed…

  • London plane tree (plant)

    plane tree: The London plane (P. acerifolia), a hybrid between the American and the Oriental planes, combines characteristics of both in varying degrees. It is a little shorter and more squat than the American tree and usually has bristly, paired seedballs. There are variegated forms of London plane.…

  • London Polyglot Bible (work by Walton)

    polyglot Bible: …considered the finest is the London Polyglot, also called the Londoninesis or Waltonian (1657), compiled by Brian Walton, with the aid of many contemporary scholars; the Waltonian was one of the first English books assembled under public subscription. Its six volumes contain a total of nine languages: Hebrew, Samaritan, Aramaic,…

  • London Prize Ring rules (boxing)

    London Prize Ring rules, set of rules governing bareknuckle boxing, which were adopted in 1838 and revised in 1853. They superseded those drawn up by Jack Broughton, known as the father of English boxing, in 1743. Under the London rules, bouts were held in a 24-ft (7.3-m) square “ring” enclosed by

  • London Programme (British television program)

    Greg Dyke: …editor of the topical weekly London Programme.

  • London Protocol (United Kingdom-Prussia [1852])

    Neuchatel crisis: Four years later, in the London Protocol of 1852, the other Great Powers formally acknowledged his rights in Neuchatel, but with the proviso that Prussia should do nothing to assert them without their concurrence. In September 1856 there was an unsuccessful pro-Prussian coup d’etat in Neuchatel, conducted by loyalist aristocrats…

  • London riots of 2011 (British history)

    London: Reconstruction after World War II: …August 2011 a wave of riots swept the city after police shot and killed a 29-year-old man who was suspected of involvement with gun-related crimes. What began as a peaceful gathering at the police station in the Tottenham neighbourhood soon spiraled into violence. Over the following days, dozens of fires…

  • London rocket (plant)
  • London Rules (chess)

    chess: The world championship and FIDE: …agreement, at a tournament in London in 1922, of the world’s other leading players to a written set of rules for championship challenges. Under those rules, any player who met certain financial conditions (in particular, guaranteeing a $10,000 stake) could challenge the World Champion. While the top players were trying…

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (university, London, United Kingdom)

    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), institution of higher learning in the City of Westminster, London, England. It is one of the world’s leading institutions devoted to the social sciences. A pioneer institution in the study of sociology and international relations, it offers

  • London school of linguistics

    John R. Firth: …the originator of the “London school of linguistics.”

  • London smog (air pollution)

    smog: …types of smog are recognized: sulfurous smog and photochemical smog. Sulfurous smog, which is also called “London smog,” results from a high concentration of sulfur oxides in the air and is caused by the use of sulfur-bearing fossil fuels, particularly coal. This type of smog is aggravated by dampness and…

  • London Spy, The (periodical)

    history of publishing: Beginnings in the 17th century: …again later, was struck by The London Spy (1698–1700), issued by a tavern keeper, Ned Ward, and containing a running narrative of the sights and sounds of London.

  • London Stock Exchange (British company)

    London Stock Exchange (LSE), a London marketplace for securities. After having long been situated closer to the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, in 2004 the London Stock Exchange relocated elsewhere in the City of London to Paternoster Square. The market was formed in 1773 by several

  • London Stock Exchange PLC (British company)

    London Stock Exchange (LSE), a London marketplace for securities. After having long been situated closer to the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, in 2004 the London Stock Exchange relocated elsewhere in the City of London to Paternoster Square. The market was formed in 1773 by several

  • London Straits Convention (Europe [1841])

    Treaty of Hünkar ?skelesi: …privileges when it signed the London Straits Convention of 1841.

  • London Symphonies (works by Haydn)

    harmony: Modulation: 104 in D Major, the London Symphony).

  • London Symphony Orchestra (British orchestra)

    Claudio Abbado: …Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1971), the London Symphony Orchestra (1979–88), and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1989).

  • London Telecom Tower (communications tower, London, United Kingdom)

    BT Tower, communications tower and landmark located west of the Bloomsbury district in the borough of Camden, London. One of the taller structures in southeastern England, it was erected in 1961–65 to the architectural designs of Eric Bedford. Including its crowning 40-foot (12-metre) mast, the

  • London Underground (subway, London, England, United Kingdom)

    London Underground, underground railway system that services the London metropolitan area. The London Underground was proposed by Charles Pearson, a city solicitor, as part of a city improvement plan shortly after the opening of the Thames Tunnel in 1843. After 10 years of discussion, Parliament

  • London Weekend Television (British company)

    John Birt, Baron Birt: …appointed director of programs of London Weekend Television (LWT), one of the most profitable companies in British independent television, not least because of its knack of producing light entertainment programs with mass appeal. Despite being more familiar with the more austere end of television output, Birt found little difficulty in…

  • London Zoo (zoo, London, United Kingdom)

    London Zoo, zoo in the northern part of Regent’s Park, in the City of Westminster, London. It has one of the most comprehensive animal collections in the world and the largest zoological library of any zoo. The London Zoo is administered by the Zoological Society of London. The zoo opened in 1828,

  • London’s Festival Ballet (British ballet company)

    English National Ballet, British dance troupe. Organized in 1950 by Alicia Markova, Anton Dolin, and Julian Braunsweg with a corps de ballet drawn chiefly from the Cone-Ripman School in London and at Tring, Hertford, the troupe performs at locations throughout Great Britain and conducts world

  • London, Artur (Czechoslovak official)

    Artur London, Czechoslovak Communist official who wrote a powerful autobiographical account of his own political trial. A Communist from the age of 14, London joined the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. During World War II he worked for the French Resistance from August 1940

  • London, Artur Gerard (Czechoslovak official)

    Artur London, Czechoslovak Communist official who wrote a powerful autobiographical account of his own political trial. A Communist from the age of 14, London joined the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. During World War II he worked for the French Resistance from August 1940

  • London, City of (borough, London, United Kingdom)

    City of London, municipal corporation and borough, London, England. Sometimes called “the Square Mile,” it is one of the 33 boroughs that make up the large metropolis of Greater London. The borough lies on the north bank of the River Thames between the Temple Bar memorial pillar (commemorating the

  • London, Conference of (history of international relations)

    Lord Palmerston: Views on nationalism: …matter, as chairman of the London Conference, Palmerston first showed his diplomatic proficiency. The outcome was an independent constitutional Belgium, with its neutrality guaranteed by the Five Powers in a famous “scrap of paper.”

  • London, Declaration of (international relations)

    contraband: The resulting Declaration of London classified goods as (1) absolute contraband; (2) conditional contraband; and (3) free. The first class, military equipment, was subject to seizure on its way to any destination in enemy territory. The second class consisted of items such as food, clothing, and rolling…

  • London, Fritz Wolfgang (American physicist)

    Fritz Wolfgang London, German American physicist who did pioneering work in quantum chemistry and on macroscopic quantum phenomena of superconductivity and superfluidity. London received his doctorate in philosophy (1921) from the University of Munich before switching in 1925 to study theoretical

  • London, Heinz (German physicist)

    Fritz Wolfgang London: With his brother, Heinz London, he developed the first successful phenomenological theory (1935) of superconductivity, which crucially depends on the existence of an energy gap in electron states. London also suggested that Bose-Einstein condensation is responsible for superfluidity and predicted the quantization of magnetic flux.

  • London, Jack (American author)

    Jack London, American novelist and short-story writer whose best-known works—among them The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906)—depict elemental struggles for survival. During the 20th century he was one of the most extensively translated of American authors. Deserted by his father, a

  • London, Julie (American actress and singer)

    Julie London, (Julie Peck), American singer and actress (born Sept. 26, 1926, Santa Rosa, Calif.—died Oct. 18, 2000, Los Angeles, Calif.), had a sultry, sophisticated look and a smoky voice that gained her pinup status and enhanced her success in films and as a torch singer in the 1940s and ’50s. “

  • London, Museum of (museum, London, United Kingdom)

    Museum of London, museum dedicated to recording and representing the history of the London region from prehistoric times to the present day. Situated at the junction of London Wall and Aldersgate Street in the Barbican district of the City of London, the present building, designed by Philip Powell

  • London, Port of (area, London, United Kingdom)

    London Docklands, area along the River Thames in London. It covers nearly 9 square miles (22 square km) of riverfront centred on the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Southwark, Lewisham, and Greenwich. The Docklands area was for centuries the principal hub of British seaborne trade. In the latter

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