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, June 17, 2010

This Day in History...

June 17, 1239 - Edward I is born at the Palace of Westminster.

June 17, 1497 - Henry VII defeated Cornish rebels at the Battle of Deptford Bridge.

June 17, 1579 - Francis Drake, famed English sailor, anchored his ship the Golden Hind just north of what would one day be San Francisco Bay. He proclaimed England's sovereignty over an area he named New Albion.

June 17, 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

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