The Estates General were reluctantly summoned by King Louis XVI in May of 1789 with an aim to solve the monarchy’s financial crisis. There were three classes represented by the Estates General: the nobles, clergy and the rest of the population.
Tennis Court Oath
June 17, 1789
After being removed from the Estates General, the Third Estate forms the National Assembly. They then swear to the Tennis Court saying that they will not leave until there is a new constitution in power
Storming of the Bastille
July 14, 1789
Angry revolutionaries storm the Bastille. By doing this, not only does it serve to make a statement against the monarchy but the mob also attained weapons and gunpowder that were kept in the prison.
Declaration of the Rights of Man
August 26, 1789
The Declaration of the Rights of Man is written and states that all men are equal under law.
March on Versailles
October 5, 1789
Parisian market women lead a march on Versailles to protest about scarcity and high price of bread.
Royal Family attempts to flee
June 20, 1791
King Louis XVI and his family attempt to flee from France but are caught at Verannes. They are sent back to Paris where the King is forced to go on trial.
Execution of the King
January 21, 1793
After being put on trial the king is sentenced to death. He is executed by the guillotine on January 21, 1793.
Reign of Terror
September 1793 - July 1794
Thousands of people are sentenced to death by execution that is caused by conflict between two political parties the Jacobins, and the Girondins. The leader of the Jacobins, Maximilien arises as a new leader of the Revolution.
Execution of Robespierre
July 27 1794
Maximilien Robespierre, leader of the Jacobins, is executed and the power of the Jacobins fall with him. The Girondins gain more power as a result.