Today in History
April 25, 1792
The new guillotine machine is first used on a human being when assassin and highwayman Nicholas Jacques Pelletier is executed in France. Although designed to be more "humane" than being broken on the wheel, the machine becomes a threatening image during the French Revolution's "Reign of Terror" in 1793-94.
Today's Feature History Article
The teenage queen, now the subject of a new movie, was embraced by France in 1770. Twenty-three years later, she lost her head to the guillotine. (But she never said, "Let them eat cake")
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