These were Union Major General John Sedgwick’s last words.
- “Even a Major General is not immune.”
- “I can assure you, it is perfectly safe.”
- “The rebels are a good distance away.”
- “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
Today in History: Born on August 17
Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and politician who died in the defense of the Alamo.
Samuel Goldwyn, American movie mogul who helped start MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer).
Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born black nationalist who advocated the departure of African-Americans back to Africa.
Mae West, American actress in burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and movies.
Larry Rovers, painter and sculptor.
John (Red) Kerr, basketball coach.
Robert DeNiro, American actor, won Oscars for his roles in The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.
Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation.
Judith Regan, controversial book publisher, editor, talk show host.
Sean Penn, actor, screenwriter, director, political and social activist (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mystic River).
Robert Manry, copy editor of Cleveland Plain Dealer who sailed solo in a sailboat from Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Falmouth, Cornwall, England.