Today In Fact, 17 October

Today in 1814, nine people drowned in the London beer flood on Tottenham Court Road. A huge vat of beer in the local brewery ruptured and 1.5 million litres of the stuff spilled out, collapsing walls and engulfing people living in and around the neighbourhood. It was deemed an act of God.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (serendipiday.blogspot.com)