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

Friday, April 30, 2010

This Day in History...

April 30, 1483 - Richard, Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Buckingham meet Edward V and his party on their way to London from Ludlow. Richard arrested Anthony Woodville, Richard Grey, and Thomas Vaughan on suspicion of treason.

April 30, 1533 - Thomas Cranmer became Archbishop of Canterbury.

April 30, 1536 - Mark Smeaton is arrested and sent to the Tower of London for allegedly having an affair with Queen Anne Boleyn. These trumped up charges were another of Cromwell's tactics for getting rid of the queen Henry VIII no longer wanted.

April 30, 1775 - Parliament passed an act forbidding the American colonies to trade with anyone other than Britain.

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