March 20, 1792

On This Date in! in 1792 the French Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine as a quick and humane method of dealing with convicted murders, rapists, and kidnappers. It was stated that the guillotine would be used as a means of last resort and that it was believed that only 200 to 300 criminals a year would be executed in this manner. From 1793 to 1794, 17,000 men, women, and children were fed to the guillotine during the French ‘Reign of Terror’.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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