Sunday, 23 March 2008

Give me liberty or give me death

On this day in history, Patrick Henry, an advocate of the American revolution, made a speech urging military action against the British, which ended with the stirring words "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!".

But fine words butter no parsnips, and today is also the anniversary of the founding of Mussolini's fascist party in Italy, the first broadcast of Midsomer Murders, the birth of Wernher von Braun, the death of Peter Lorre, and the launch of John Major's citizen's charter.

So much to commemorate, and so little time...

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