The Last Guillotine Execution was in 1977!

In 1977, the last execution by guillotine took place in Marseilles Baumettes Prison, France, when the murderer Hamida Djandoubi was beheaded. In 1973, a 21-year-old Elisabeth Bousquet, whom Djandoubi had met in the hospital while recovering from his amputation, filed a complaint against him, stating that he had tried to force her into prostitution. He had been convicted of the torture and murder of 21-year-old Elisabeth Bousquet, his former…

Himmler and a prisoner locked in a staring contest

The photograph comes from Himmler’s visit to a Shirokaya Street POW camp in Minsk, USSR taken in August 1941. Additional photographs from the visit as well as film footage of Himmler’s visit shows more of the camp as well as the events before and after the famous picture was taken. The shirtless man in the photograph is not Horace Greasley but an unnamed Soviet POW wearing a standard-issue Red Army “pilotka” side-cap. When interviewed by the…

Egyptian soldiers attack on Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat

…lot with Al Gamaa al-Islamiyya, a Brotherhood “offshoot” that would , in the mid-1990s, develop ties with al-Qaeda and be chiefly responsible for the 1997 terrorist attack in Luxor on Nov. 17, 1997, when six men dressed in black attacked tourists visiting the famous site in Upper Egypt. Sixty-two men, women and children were killed. Video footage of the assassination:…

Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender

…Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender, USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. Behind MacArthur are Generals Wainwright and Percival, the officers who had respectively surrendered the Philippines and Singapore to the Japanese. Both had been plucked out of Japanese prison camps at the armistice and flown in to be present at the ceremony. Color footage of the occasion: Carrier plane flyover at the ceremony:…