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, August 31, 2010

This Day in History...

August 31, 1422 - Henry V died. His son, Henry VI, aged nine months, acceded as King of England.

August 31, 1888 - The body of Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found mutilated in Buck's Row.

August 31, 1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and their driver were killed in a car crash in the Place de l'Alma underpass in Paris. It is believed they were trying to avoid the paparazzi.


  1. I remember when Diana died...we were in the process of taking son to college..watched it on tv in motel room. Can not believe it has been that long ago...

  2. We were at my aunt's in Jacksonville for the Labor Day holiday. I remember waking up that morning and it was on the news...took me a little bit to realize what had happened (I ended up doing a speech on her that fall in a college course).