Britannica Reports This Day in History
Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII) defeated the Yorkist king Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field on this day in 1485, effectively ending the Wars of the Roses and establishing the Tudor dynasty on the English throne.
More Events on this day:
1978: Rebel Sandinistas occupied the National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua, holding more than 1,000 hostages for two days, in opposition to the Somoza government.
1973: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon named Henry Kissinger secretary of state.
1851: The first America's Cup was won by the American yacht America in a race around the Isle of Wight.
1642: The English Civil Wars, fought between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, began when King Charles I formally raised the royal standard at Nottingham.