Today's historical birthday figure is the controversial Oliver Cromwell
While his life and accomplishments elicit widely divergent opinions, there can be no doubt that he had a major impact on England and its neighbors. Here's a little background from Wikipedia:
Oliver Cromwell (born April 25, 1599, died September 3, 1658) was an English military and political leader best known for his involvement in making England into a republican Commonwealth and for his later role as Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was one of the commanders of the New Model Army which defeated the royalists in the English Civil War. After the execution of King Charles I in 1649, Cromwell dominated the short-lived Commonwealth of England, conquered Ireland and Scotland, and ruled as Lord Protector from 1653 until his death in 1658.
Cromwell was born into the ranks of the middle gentry, and remained relatively obscure for the first 40 years of his life, at times his lifestyle resembling that of a yeoman farmer until his finances were boosted thanks to an inheritance from his uncle. After undergoing a religious conversion during the same decade, he made an Independent style of Puritanism a core tenet of his life. Cromwell was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Cambridge in the Short (1640) and Long (1640-49) Parliaments, and later entered the English Civil War on the side of the "Roundheads" or Parliamentarians.
And now, some words from the Lord Protector pulled from ThinkExist.com:
“The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.”
“Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged.”
“I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else”
“Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry”
“Nature can do more than physicians”
“A few honest men are better than numbers”
“Necessity has no law.”
“He who stops being better, stops being good”
Cheers! - Jason