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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This Day in History...

July 21, 1403 - Henry IV defeats rebels lead by Henry Percy (Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury.

July 21, 1831 – Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, uncle of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, becomes King of the Belgians. He was instrumental in bringing Victoria and Albert together.

July 21, 1861 - The first major battle of the Civil War, the First Battle of Bull Run, begins and ends with a Confederate victory.

July 21 - 1944 -Claus von Stauffenburg and fellow conspirators are executed in Berlin for the plot to kill Hitler.

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