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this day in the yesteryear: Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson in a Duel (1806)


Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson

in a Duel (1806)

In 1806, nationally famous duelist and expert marksman Charles Dickinson—whose dueling career included 26 kills—was goaded by political opponents of future US President Andrew Jackson to insult Jackson’s wife. A duel was arranged between the men, and Jackson took a shot to the ribs before firing what would be a fatal shot at Dickinson—the only man Jackson ever killed in his 13 duels. Jackson’s wife died in 1828, two weeks after Jackson was elected president. Whom did Jackson blame for her death? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: MAXIMILIEN FRANÇOIS MARIE ISIDORE DE ROBESPIERRE (1758)


Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758)

Robespierre was one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1789 and became an influential orator. After calling for the execution of the king in 1792, he led the Jacobins and the Committee of Public Safety in establishing the Reign of Terror, during which hundreds

Maximilien Robespierre and his Followers on th...

Maximilien Robespierre and his Followers on their Way to the Scaffold on 28 July 1794 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 of thousands of political opponents were arrested and thousands were guillotined. In 1794, he was overthrown and executed. What was his role in the Cult of the Supreme BeingMore… Discuss