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Friday, January 09, 2004

On this day in 1863

9th January 1863 - Private opening of the tube

A ceremoninal tour of the Metropolitan Line, the world's first underground railway, took place with the tube's directors and 700 guests. Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, had been invited but as he was more publicity shy than
Tony Blair, he declined, saying that he was anxious to keep above ground for as long as he could.

He died two years later.


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