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“Hey fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? French Fries!”
These were the last words of James Donald French, a murderer who was convicted in the United States on August 10, 1966. He was the last criminal to have ever been executed under the death penalty law of Oklahoma. He was sentenced to be electrocuted after killing one of his cellmates in jail. At the top of his voice, he pronounced these words in front of the members of the press who were there to witness his execution.
“This is the last of Earth! I am content!”
John Quincy Adams, a former president of the United States, gleefully pronounced these words on his deathbed on February 21, 1848, seconds before his death. His death was triggered by a severe internal cerebral hemorrhage brought by a fall he had on the floor of the US Capitol Building while he was still serving as the representative of the District of Massachusetts. Days after the fall, he deliriously expressed his contentment over the life he had lived and peacefully left.
“To the strongest!”
One of the greatest warriors of all time, Alexander the Great was asked a few minutes before his death who he thought was worthy enough to succeed him in taking commands in his empire. The generals of his dominion deemed it just right to ask, since Alexander the Great had no heir. With his barely audible voice, the great fighter answered “to the strongest,” referring to one of his generals, Krateros. Soon after responding to the question, Alexander died.
“No, you certainly can’t.”
These were the last words of the late president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in response to the statement of his dear friend seconds before his death. Before being assassinated, the wife of then Governor John Connelly, remarked “you certainly cannot say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.” John F. Kennedy came back with his answer and then moments later the fatal shots were fired.
“Home to the palace to die.”
A great leader, Alexander II of Russia uttered these words after obtaining fatal wounds during an attempt on his life. When his guards found his mutilated body lying under the seat of his carriage following a bombing and assassination plotted against him by a group of anarchists, they heard him feebly utter “home to the palace to die,” to which they quickly responded by bringing him home. Alexander II of Russia died hours later.