Monday, September 7, 2009

On September 7

On this day in ...
... 1859 (150 years ago today), beside the Thames in London, England, the Clock Tower at the Houses of Parliament, known as Big Ben, rang quarter-hour chimes for the 1st time. The clock itself had begun keeping time 4 months earlier. Details on the bells and notes are here; some images are here (albeit not the one above right, the Disney scene of Peter Pan and friends flying past the tower so beloved it appeared on a postage stamp (credit)), and the very cool audio-video of the bells being struck is right here:

(Prior September 7 posts are here and here.)

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