This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Thursday, October 8, 2009

This Day in History...

October 8, 1871 - The Great Chicago Fire breaks out, lasting 2 days, killing between 200-300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, and doing $200 million in damages (in 1871 dollars; now it would be over $3 billion) . It was supposedly started by a spark in Patrick and Catherine O'Leary's barn.

And something a bit literary as well....

October 8, 1908 - Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book The Wind In The Willows was first published. It has never been out of print in its entire history.

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