On this date, 358 years ago, England was freed of the evil curse of Calvinist republicanism. It was on this day that His Majesty, King Charles II entered London, ending the long nightmare that had begun with the vicious, unconstitutional murder of his father, the Martyr-King, Charles I on 30 January 1649.
Today was a public holiday in England, Restoration Day, also popularly known as 'Oak Apple Day', under the Act for a Perpetual Anniversary Thanksgiving on the Nine and Twentieth Day of May, passed by Parliament in 1660. The Act declared 29 May a public holiday "for keeping of a perpetual Anniversary, for a Day of Thanksgiving to God, for the great Blessing and Mercy he hath been graciously pleased to vouchsafe to the People of these Kingdoms, after their manifold and grievous Sufferings, in the Restoration of his Majesty...".
It was called Oak Apple Day in reference to the occasion after the Battle of Worcester in September 1651, when Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by hiding in an oak tree near Boscobel House, in the Parish of Boscobel, Shrops.
It remained a public holiday until the passage of the Anniversary Days Observance Act 1859, but it is still observed in many places in England, despite its official abolition.
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