Gangster Arnold Rothstein, immortalized as Meyer Wolfschiem (the man who fixed the 1919 World Series) in The Great Gatsby, died on this day in 1928. He was shot while playing poker at a New York City Hotel. At the hospital he was grilled by police about who had shot him.
"Me mudder did it," he said.
On the subject of last words, humorist James Thurber died on November 2, 1961. His were:
"God bless...God damn."
For more on Thurber, see Today in The Cynic's Almanac