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

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This Day in History...

Quite an interesting array of events for today!

July 17, 1328 – Joan, daughter of Edward II, married David II of Scotland

July 17, 1453 - The Hundred Years' War between France and England came to an end with the defeat of the English at the Battle of Castillon.

July 17, 1762 - Catherine II (Catherine the Great) becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of her husband Peter III.

July 17, 1917 – The House of Windsor (the current royal house) was established by royal proclamation, issued by George V.

July 17, 1918 - Nicholas II and his family were executed by firing squad in their prison in Yekaterinburg.

July 17, 1918 - The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the Titanic survivors, is sunk off Ireland by a German U-boat.

July 17, 1998 - The remains of Nicholas II, his family, and the servants murdered are buried the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Petersburg, the traditional burial place of the Romanovs.

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