This Day In History: 1766-07-01

1766: François-Jean de la Barre, a young French nobleman, is tortured and beheaded before his body is burnt on a pyre, along with a copy of Voltaire’s Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso, for the crime of not saluting a Christian religious procession in Abbeville, France.

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1766-07-01