1775 - American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech -"give me liberty or give me death" at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.
1933 - The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.
1983 - Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
1429 - Margaret of Anjou, queen of Henry VI of England (d. 1482)
1905 - Joan Crawford, American actress (d. 1977)
1973 - Jason Kidd, American basketball player
752 - Stephen is elected Pope. He died three days later, before being consecrated, and is not considered a legitimate pope.
1801 - Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael Palace.
1931 - Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev embrace the gallows during the Indian struggle for independence. Their request to be shot by a firing squad is refused.
Now that is a fucking impressive death. I mean, think about it. How many people throughout history can claim that they were trampled to death in their own bedroom? It reminds me of the naked gun when Ludwig gets hit by a poison Dart, falls off the balcony, is run over by a car and a steam roller and then trampled by a marching band. "My father went the same way!"