Tynwald Day is the National Day of the Isle of Man; The Isle is situated in the heart of the British Isles. The country is an internally self-governing dependent territory of the British Crown. It is not part of the United Kingdom but is a member of the British Commonwealth. Tynwald, the Island’s Parliament, was constituted in 1079 and is the oldest continuous parliament in the world. It makes its own laws and oversees all internal administration, fiscal and social policies. On this day, the Isle's legislature meets and the session is held in both the Chapel of St John the Baptist and the open air on Tynwald Hill (an artificial mound). The first recorded instance of the meeting dates back to 1417, and is known as "Midsummer Court". The Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the British Sovereign, usually presides.
Midway consists of two coral , and a Sand islands, with a total land area of 2 sq mi (5 sq km); in the central Pacific Ocean Their location, over 1,300 mi (2,100 km) northwest of Honolulu,. These were discovered in 1859, and were annexed by the United States in 1867 and remain a U.S. territory with an important naval base. And were of strategic importance for U.S. forces during World War II. In 1941 the U.S. Navy established an air and submarine base there. The Battle of Midway (1942) took place in nearby waters. Midway also served as a commercial air base. It consists of a ring-shaped barrier reef and several sand islets. The two significant pieces of land, Sand Island and Eastern Island, provide habitat for hundreds of thousands of seabirds.