Today in 1793, Louis XVI was executed under orders of the National Convention.
“I remained alone in the chamber, overwhealmed with sorrow, and almost without sense of feeling. The drums and trumpets proclaimed His Majesty’s departure from the Tower…An hour after, discharges of artillery, and cries of Vive la Nation! Vive la Republique! were heard…The best of Kings was no more!”
-Jean-Baptiste Clery, A Journal of the Occurrences at the Temple (1793)