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Did you know that when the French carried out their first guillotine execution in 1792 they were only 506 years behind Halifax? The Halifax Gibbet, a very similar device, is said to have despatched one John of Dalton in 1286. Even if that event is open to dispute, it is certain that by 1541 felons in the town died on the contraption, a replica of which can be seen - appropriately - on Gibbet Street there.

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Brian Turner
Ed Sheeran
John Kettley
John Walker
Sir Matthew Smith

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Magna Carta Signed - 1215, The Peasants' Revolt ends - 1381, First Botanic Garden in Britain - 1621, Alcock and Brown complete 1st non stop flight across the Atlantic - 1919
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