In 1792, King Louis XVI was tried before the National Convention where he was found guilty of having conspired against the liberty of the nation. In January of 1793, he was put to death by the Guillotine.
News of the death of the king was received with great joy and celebration throughout Paris and France. This was seen as a great moment and a guarantee that the revolution would now go forward.
How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
Logan Pearsall Smith
The first public mention of a name for the United States'' capital was in a letter from General George Washington in 1791, who referred to it as Federal City.