Liberty or Death – Today In Southern History

23 March 1775  

On this date in 1775…

Patrick Henry delivered the “Give me Liberty, or give me death!” speech to the Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1730 – Sir Alexander Cuming held a council of 300 Cherokee Chiefs in Keowee, North Carolina. Cumming used threats and bribes to get the Cherokee to acknowledge George II of England as their Soveriegn ruler.
  • 1862 – First Battle of Kernstown, VA
  • 1889 – U.S. President Benjamin Harrison announced a plan to open part of Indian territory to white settlers.
  • 1912 – The Dixie Cup was invented. 
  • 1925 – Tennessee became the first U.S. state to outlaw teaching the theory of evolution when its governor signed the Butler Act.
  • 1965 – America’s first two-person space flight began as Gemini 3 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Florida with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard.
  • 2005 – A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.

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