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 23, 2010

This Day in History...

August 23, 1305 - William Wallace is executed by Edward I for treason. He was hanged, beheaded, and quartered in London. Afterward his body parts were displayed in different cities as a deterrent to other would be "rebels" against the King.

August 23, 1775 - George III declared that the American colonies were in an open and declared state of rebellion.

August 23, 1914 -The Battle of Mons - the first major battle of World War I.

August 23, 1940 - The German Luftwaffe began night bombing London (the London Blitz).

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