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A Brief History On April 25, 1792, a major step in the history of execution devices was made when a “highwayman” (robber) became the first victim of the Guillotine. Digging Deeper Revolutionary France struggled to find humanity amid the brutality of the revolution. Although not the inventor of the guillotine, its use was proposed to the revolutionary government by Joseph-Iganace Guillotin who was recommending a system of capital punishment in keeping with the ideals of the revolution.  Aside from the swift and sure death the guillotine offered, it was to be the only method of execution for people of any…

A Brief History On April 17, 1964, Ford rolled out the Mustang, introducing a new class of sporty car to the world! Digging Deeper Ford called the new car a 1965 model, but an adoring public will forever refer to it as a “1964 ½!” Creating a whole new category of cars that the public dubbed “pony cars,” Mustang’s layout of 2 doors with a small back seat (2+2), a short rear deck and a long hood set the standard for all the imitators.  Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda all tried to cash in…

A Brief History Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt. Digging Deeper If you liked this article and would like to receive notification of new articles, please feel welcome to subscribe to History and Headlines by liking us on Facebook. Your readership is much appreciated! Historical Evidence The info-graphic used in this article is taken from this site and reproduced here with permission from The Fairmont Hotel. The lead of this article is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article Ancient Egypt;…

A Brief History On April 4, 1969, Dr. Denton Cooley performed surgery to implant the first artificial (temporary) heart in history! Digging Deeper Dr. Cooley was a renowned heart surgeon and founder of the Texas Heart Institute. Having worked with Dr. Michael DeBakey (another renowned heart surgeon that invented the pump that makes heart surgery possible), Cooley was part of the team that performed the first heart transplant in the United States as well as his artificial heart work.  He also pioneered techniques using artificial heart valves which reduced mortality in heart valve replacement surgery from 70% to 8%! Unfortunately,…

A Brief History On March 14, 1794, American inventor Eli Whitney patented his greatest invention. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the young United States evolving away from a slave economy, with some slave owners giving their slaves away! Suddenly, with Whitney’s invention of the “cotton gin,” a machine made to separate cotton seeds from cotton balls much more quickly and efficiently than could be done by hand, cotton became a much more profitable crop. Of course, with cotton becoming the quick way to wealth for farmers, much farmland was turned over to growing cotton, and consequently many workers were…

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