23 March 1775 — Richmond, Virginia
Patrick Henry gave his famous "liberty or death" speech on 23 March 1775 to the House of Burgess in Virginia to argue for mobilization against the British. The full quote is: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"