Louis XVIII of France died on this day in 1824. Wheelchair-bound for most of his later life because of a severe case of gout, he supposedly uttered these last words as he was about to die:
"A king should die standing."
The quotation has been attributed to others, as well, such as the Roman emperor Vespasian, and the Danish king Liward, who said:
"Let me up that I may die standing, not lying down like a cow."