In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. Many Lancastrian nobles perished, including Edmund Beaufort, the duke of Somerset, and the king was forced to submit to the rule of his cousin, Richard of York. The dynastic struggle between the House of York, whose badge was a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, later associated with a red rose, would stretch on for 30 years. Read more
After studying ancient rocks, a Japanese geologist warned that a disaster was imminent—to no avail
17 May 2011 Last updated at 12:45 ET
By Conor SpackmanBBC News
Travelling into Dublin on Tuesday morning, it was clear that the Irish police were leaving nothing to chance.
As far as 10 miles from anywhere the Queen was due to visit, police cars were parked on unusual corners of suburban avenues. Read more
By Michael Bristow BBC News, Beijing
Chinese officials have denied the Beijing palace that was once home to China’s emperors is being used as a club for the rich. Read more