Last updated on: 6/30/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

NEW: Historical Timeline

NEW: Historical Timeline of the Death Penalty – See the illustrated history of the death penalty. Read about the first recorded execution in the British American Colonies in 1608, the switch from public to private hangings in 1833, Thomas Edison electrocuting animals in 1887, the US Supreme Court ruling the death penalty unconstitutional on June 29, 1972, the June 18, 2010 execution in Utah by firing squad, and much more.