“If this be treason, make the most of it!”
It was on this day in 1765 that Patrick Henry made a speech before the House of Burgesses, attacking the recently imposed Stamp Act. He had been a member of Virginia’s colonial legislative body for only a little more than a week when he had introduced several resolutions that spoke out against taxation without representation. (This body played mostly an advisory role, with the actual laws that governed the land came from across the Atlantic.) While there is some dispute if the above quote was actually said by Henry, there is no doubt of the influence his words…and the Virgina Resolves…had on the colonies. Anger towards England begin to grow as newspapers re-printed the information, and “Stamp Act Riots” occurred up&down the eastern seaboard.
The earliest thing that Wiki mentions that happened on this day is “363 – Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but is unable to take the city” and the latest is “2004 – The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.”
A couple other things that also happened on this day are:
1848 – Wisconsin joins the US as the 30th state.
1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the top of Mt. Everest.
Happy Birthday to Lisa Whelchel, Blaze Bayley, Melissa Etheridge, Ted Levine, and Gary Brooker.