July 28, 1794 – Execution of Robespierre and His Supporters

On this date, Maximilien de Robespierre, the head of the “Committee of Public Safety” during the French Revolution and the man who sent so many to the guillotine, had his own appointment with the executioner, known throughout the city as “Monsieur de Paris.” According to archival records (per references cited in Wikipedia), at least 16,594 people died under the guillotine or otherwise after accusations of counter-revolutionary activities. A number of historians note that as many as 40,000 accused prisoners may have been summarily executed without trial or died awaiting trial.)

The execution of Robespierre and his supporters on 28 July 1794. (The beheaded man is not Robespierre, but Couthon; Robespierre is shown sitting on the cart, dressed in brown, wearing a hat, and holding a handkerchief to his mouth. )

The execution of Robespierre and his supporters on 28 July 1794. (The beheaded man is not Robespierre, but Couthon; Robespierre is shown sitting on the cart, dressed in brown, wearing a hat, and holding a handkerchief to his mouth. )

The French Revolution had profound consequences for political and legal developments in the modern era.

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