Britain's Big Ben marked its 150th birthday with a celebration in London on Saturday.
The booming bell first pealed on July the 11th, 1859, a few weeks after the clock in the famous tower above the Houses of Parliament began keeping time.
A projection wishing Big Ben a happy birthday was broadcast on the south side of the 96-meter tower around 10pm local time. Big Ben's bongs are a cherished feature of life in London. They mark the hour and are carried globally by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The event is one of several honoring the 150th anniversary of the British landmark.
Birthday messages are projected onto the Big Ben clocktower above the Houses of Parliament in London July 11, 2009. Big Ben is the nickname of the bell inside the 96-metre clock tower and it was 150 years ago on July 11, 1859, Big Ben first struck time.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)Source: CCTV.com