September 10, 1977
Hamida Djandoubi becomes the last person executed by guillotine and the last person to be executed in Western Europe
Djandoubi was convicted of the murder of a 21-year-old woman who had filed a complaint stating Djandoubi has tried to force her into prostitution. On July 3, 1974, he kidnapped the woman, brought her to a location with two women he had successfully convinced to work for him as prostitutes, beat and tortured the woman in front of the other women (including stubbing a lit cigarette on her breasts and genitals), then drove her to a remote location to strangle her. Her body was discovered 4 days later.