Today, August 28, in 1728, John Stark was born. He was the Hero of Bennington, because he knew the limitations of untrained militia at the crucial Battle of Bennington. If you have seen a license plate from his home state of New Hampshire you might recognize his saying, "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." When a teenager, forced to run the gauntlet by an Indian band, he seized the club of the first Indian and fought so fiercely he was made honorary chief. Teenagers should Do Hard Things.