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21/01/1790 Joseph Guillotin suggests humane method of execution

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Top 10 Facts About The Guillotine

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Contrary to the common belief, he did not invent the guillotine. He even opposed the death penalty. But his name became an eponym for it. The actual inventor of the prototype was a man named Antoine Louis. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin was also a member of a commission to investigate famous animal magnetism theory of Franz Mesmer.