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

Monday, August 9, 2010

This Day in History...

August 9, 1173 - Construction started on the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa (the Leaning Tower of Pisa). It would be over 200 years before it was completed.

August 9, 1854 - Henry David Thoreau published Walden.

August 9, 1902 - Edward VII is finally crowned King of England after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. The coronation was delayed six weeks due to his emergency appendectomy.

August 9, 1945 - The second atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.

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