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

Monday, October 19, 2009

This Day in History...

Got a couple things for today.

October 19, 1781 - The American Revolution came to an end when, after a three week siege, British commander Lord Cornwallis surrendered his 8,000 troops to George Washington at Yorktown, in Virginia.

October 19, 1216 - King John (Richard the Lionheart's younger brother) died during a Civil War which was the result of his refusal to recognize the Magna Carta which had been signed the previous year.

1 comment:

  1. You know, sometimes I just feel stupid -- next to the medieval era (specifically Richard III), my favorite time period is the American Revolution but, for some reason, I never realized that Yorktown was in Virginia. I don't know where I thought it was...