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Inventor of the telephone. On the day of his burial, all US telephones were silenced for one minute in his honor.
He was having difficulty finding a comfortable position in his bed.
Because of incorrect instructions from his family, the year of birth engraved on Bing Crosby's tombstone is 1904, rather than the correct date of 1903. [wikipedia]
1623-1662. A French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. The SI unit of pressure "Pascal" honours his scientific contributions.
Lord Byron died of illness in Greece during an doomed campaign to attack the Turkish-held Lepanto.
French grammarian, d. 1702
Roman Emperor, d. 46 AD; stabbed to death by his guards as reported by historian Tacitus
Confederate States of America, d.1863, killed by "friendly fire"
Spoken to his nurse who had said that he was improving.
Executed in the Oklahoma electric chair, 1966
2nd President of the United States and political rival of Jefferson. He was unaware at the time that Jefferson had died a few hours earlier.
A Texas inmate executed for rape and murder.
The quotation is widely used in Western culture as the epitome of betrayal.
One of the greatest artists of all time, d. 1519
A roll of drums cover the final words before the blade falls
US Black leader, d. 1966; spoken to his assassins, three men who shot him sixteen times
Spoken to the executioner after stepping on his foot
Said to his daughter in 1910
Mexican revolutionary, d. 1923
Raleigh looked on the executioner's axe and mused "This is a sharp Medicine, but it is a Physician for all diseases and miseries".
Nothing if not accurate, Perceval had just been shot by John Bellingham. Perceval is the only British prime minister to have been assassinated.
As quoted in NY Times Oct 30, 2011 in an article written by his sister, Mona Simpson.
Many years after his death, an 'à' was added in his name, giving the form Thomas à Becket, in an attempt to make him appear more holy and worthy of sainthood. [Wikipedia]
3rd President of the US; d. July 4, 1826
McKinley died over a week after having been shot twice by Leon Frank Czolgosz.
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