1798 Robert Goodloe Harper gave his “millions for defense” toast.
1815 The Battle of Waterloo took place. (See February 26th entry.)
1873 Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 U. S. Presidential Election. (See February 15th entry.)
1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. (See January 11th and May 20th entries.)
1977 The U. S. space shuttle Enterprise carried a crew aloft for the first time. (See January 24th and April 6th entries.)
1983 Sally K. Ride became America’s first woman in space as she and four other astronauts blasted off aboard the US. space shuttle Challenger. (See April 19th, June 24th, and August 30th entries.)
What would happen today if someone toasted a guest of honor in the way Robert Goodloe Harper did at a dinner held for diplomat John Marshall who had just completed a mission to France. On this date, in 1798, Harper declared: “Millions for defense, but not a cent for tribute.” Of course, the figure would be revised to billions if it were quoted today.