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1939: France's last public execution by guillotine

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Louis XVI - (January 21, 1793) King of France. If you would like to read more about the final moments of Louis XVI's life, please read my article The Death of Louis XVI. http://leahmariebrownhistoricals.blogspot.com

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How the French Revolution Worked

The French Revolution (1789–1799), was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France that had a lasting impact on French history and more broadly throughout the world. #apeurogpnpin

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When a retired FBI agent, the now deceased Ted Gunderson, reportedly told a gathering of militia members that the federal government had set up 1,000 internment camps across the country, I had no trouble believing his statement because there is ample documentation to support it (e.g.REX 84, Operation Garden Plot and now the NDAA). However, when … … Continue reading →

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On this day, March 20 1792, the guillotine was adopted as the official means of execution in France. Estimates vary, but it is believed anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 people were executed by means of guillotine during the French Revolution.

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Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d'Armont (27 July 1768 – 17 July 1793), known to history as Charlotte Corday (French: [kɔʁdɛ]), was a figure of the French Revolution. In 1793, she was executed under the guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, who was in part responsible, through his role as a politician and journalist, for the more radical course the Revolution had taken.

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Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette's husband, king of France. As the former King of France, Louis XVI was executed by guillotine on January 21, 1793. The National Convention had taken power a few months earlier.

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The guillotine blade that was used to behead Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution on 16 October 1793. The blade is on display at Madame Tussauds in London.

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Executioner Henry SansonHenri Sanson (1739-1806) was the son of Charles Henri Sanson, chief executioner, who had guillotined Louis XVI. Henri inherited the position in 1793 and executed Marie Antoinette. As she mounted the steps, she trod on Sanson’s foot and said, “Excuse me sir.” He was reputed to have responded, “No madam, please excuse me

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Today's #eponym "Guillotine" named after French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. Dr. Guilloton was not the device's inventor but a capital punishment reformer whose recommendations were implemented along with this method of execution. The guillotine was the sole method of execution in France until capital punishment was abolished in 1981.

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