A Solemn Anniversary
Today marks 350th Anniversary of the ignition of the Great Fire of London, which burned for days (September 2–5, 1666). Driven by gale force winds and accompanied by a panic stoked by rumors of foreign involvement, the blaze destroyed more than 13,000 dwellings leaving upwards of 70,000 Londoners homeless. It also destroyed businesses and significant landmarks in including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Remarkably, the official death toll for the three day conflagration was only 6. However, it should be remembered that many of the lower and lower-middle-class victims may not have been recorded.