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, May 7, 2010

This Day in History...

A bunch of random events scattered across the years...

May 7, 1429 - Joan of Arc ends the siege of Orleans after pulling an arrow from her shoulder and returning to the battle. This marked a turning point in the Hundred Years War.

May 7, 1812 - English poet Robert Browning was born.

May 7, 1915 - During World War I the Cunard liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German u-boat off the coast of Ireland. Roughly 1,200 lives were lost. The death of 128 Americans brought the US to the verge of war with Germany.

May 7, 1945 - Germany signed an unconditional surrender, ending six years of war in Europe.

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