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

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This Day in History...

May 4, 1471 - The Yorkists, lead by Edward IV, defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury. This was the battle that effectively ended the Wars of the Roses (though most will say Henry VII did that by marrying Elizabeth of York). Edward, Prince of Wales, Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou's only child, was killed at the battle and is buried at Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucester.

May 4, 1776 - Rhode Island becomes the first colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.

May 4, 1942 - The Battle of the Coral Sea began when the USS Yorktown attacked Japanese forces on the island of Tulagi.

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