Gabrielle Bonheur 'Coco' Chanel was a pioneering French fashion designer was arguably the most important figure in the history of 20th-century fashion.
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.