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History of the Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889 and named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.

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The Children’s Crusade

In the 13th century 30,000 children went on what is known as the Children’s Crusade. They were convinced that God would allow them to take back the Holy Land without incident, but most died on the journey or were sold into slavery.

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First Guillotine Execution

Nicolas-Jacques Pelletier was sentenced to death for robbery and murder, became the first person to be executed by the guillotine. On April 25, 1792, Pelletier was taken to a plaza outside of the Hotel de Ville and was executed.

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