Patrick Henry declared "Give me liberty, or give me death."
Lewis and Clark began their return journey east.
Benito Mussolini founded his own party in Italy, the Fasci di Combattimento.
Russia's Mir space station ended its 15-year orbit of the Earth, splashing down in the South Pacific.
President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law.