was shot by a French firing squad for espionage on this day, in Vincennes outside
of Paris. She refused a blind fold.
had come to the attention of the public as an exotic dancer. Exotic in the sense
it was Asian style dancing, and exotic also in the sense that she would slowly
strip naked during her performance.
real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle and she was born in Holland, not in
the sacred Indian temple that she claimed.
courted high-ranking military figures, which became a problem with the outbreak
of World War 1. She was arrested and imprisoned by the French at St. Lazare Prison
in Paris, suspected of passing information to the Germans.
was said that she revealed to the enemy the cutting edge military development
of it's time, the tank. She was convicted and sentenced to death.
have suggested that the French trumped up a number of the charges against Mata
Hari to distract the public from the catastrophic loss of French life on the Western