On April 6, 1931, the nine "Scottsboro boys" were
put on trial in Alabama on false charges of raping two white women
during a freight train trip from Tennessee. Learn more
about the trial
of the Scottsboro boys.
On April 6, 1793, the Committee of Public Safety
takes power as the executive agency of France during the French
Revolution, starting the Reign of Terror. During this period, the
Committee sought to eliminate "enemies of the Revolution" by summary
trials of noblemen, clergy, merchants, and peasants alike. The Reign
of Terror ended with the overthrow the Committee's last and most
prominent member, Maximilien Robespierre. By this time, 20,000 to
40,000 Frenchman and women had been executed by guillotine. Learn more
about the Reign
of Terror during the French Revolution.