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, July 27, 2010

This Day in History...

July 27, 1054 - Siward, Earl of Northumbria, invaded Scotland to help Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth, who had usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm's father, King Duncan.

July 27, 1214 - Philip of France defeats King John at the Battle of Bouvines.

July 27, 1586 - Sir Walter Raleigh brought tobacco to England from Virginia for the first time.

July 27, 1996 - The bombing at Atlanta's Olympic Centennial Park during the Summer Olympics.

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