The islanders of Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific, worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god. Vanuatu was formerly the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides, which Prince Philip visited in 1971.
This year in history
On March 28, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French proponent of the guillotine, died. Guillotin did not invent the guillotine, but proposed its use to the French Legislative Assembly in the hope that a more humane method of execution would be the first step toward a total abolition of the death penalty. Contrary to popular belief, Guillotin did not die on the machine given his name, but rather from a carbuncle on the left shoulder.