The Society of Thirty, a group of liberal nobles in favour of constitutional reform, is formed at Versailles
Tennis Court Oath
Approx. 20 June 1789
Made by National Assembly vowing: "not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established".
Storming of the Bastille
July 14 1789
The state prison was attacked by an angry and aggressive mob. The prison had become a symbol of the monarchy's dictatorial rule, and the event became one of the defining moments in the Revolution that followed.
The Great Fear
17 July 1789 - 3 August 1789
A feeling of panic was spread over the people at the start of The French Revolution.
Nobles in National Assembly renounce feudal rights
August 4 1789
The rights of the Nobility and Clergy were swept away when feudalism was abolished.
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen is drafted
27 August 1789
The Declaration of the Rights of Man was a statement to the aristocracy of the public's disdain for specific policies and would eventually become the essence of the preamble to the Constitution of 1791.
Women of Paris March to Versailles
October 5 1789 - October 6 1789
Assignats were Introduced
Assignats were paper money issued by the National Assembly in France from 1789 to 1796, during the French Revolution, to address imminent bankruptcy.
Civil Constitution of the Clergy
12 July 1790
A law passed as an attempt to reorganize the Roman Catholic Church in France on a national basis.
The Required Oath of Clergyman
November 27 1790
A decree of the National Constituent Assembly requires all clergymen to swear an oath to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.
Day of Daggers
February 28 1791
A group of 400 armed nobles invade the Tuileries to protect the king. The nobles were disarmed by Lafayette and the National Guard.
Flight to Varennes
June 21 1791
It was an attempted escape by the Royal Family to reach Austria. However, it was unsuccessful. The plan from the Royal family was originally to launch a counter-revolution from Austria. Plans, however, were changed once the Royal family was captured.
Massacre of the Champs de Mars
17 July 1791
The Jacobins held a demonstration on the Champ de Mars in Paris to gain signatures for their petition. A contingent of National Guard soldiers, led by General Lafayette, fired on the crowd, killing at least fifty.
Declaration of Pillnitz
27 August 1791
The Declaration of Pillnitz was a statement issued by the rulers of Austria and Prussia in 1792 to try and both support the French monarchy and forestall a European war as a result of the French Revolution.
Slavery abolished in France, but not in French colonies in New World
September 28 1791
Revolution of 10 August
10 August 1792
The storming of the Tuileries Palace by the National Guard of the Paris Commune and fédérés from Marseille and Brittany caused the fall of the French monarchy.
2 September 1792 - 7 September 1792
The September Massacres were a wave of killings in Paris and other cities during the French Revolution. There was a fear that foreign and royalist armies would attack Paris and that the inmates of the city's prisons would be freed and join them.
Creation of the National Convention
September 20 1792
The Legislative Assembly is dissolved and replaced by the National Convention.
The Convention abolishes the monarchy and France declared a republic
21 September 1792
In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic. The measure came one year after King Louis XVI reluctantly approved a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power.
The trial of Louis XVI begins
December 11 1792
Louis XVI is executed
January 21 1793
King Louis XVI is executed, guillotined in the Place de la Révolution in Paris.
Counter-revolution in the Vendee begins
March 10 1793 - March 16 1793
The Vendée was a province in western France -and the epicentre of the largest counter-revolutionary uprising of the French Revolution.
Commission of Twelve
May 18 1793
Girondins in the National Convention establish a committee, the Commission of Twelve, to investigate anti-government activity in the Paris Commune and sections.
The committee of Public Safety begins de-Christianization
Marat is murdered
13 July 1793
Jean-Paul Marat was a French politician, physician, and journalist, a leader of the radical Montagnard faction during the French Revolution. He was assassinated in his bath by Charlotte Corday, a young Girondin conservative.
Reign of Terror begins
September 5 1793 - July 1794
Its purpose was to purge France of enemies of the Revolution and protect the country from foreign invaders
The National Convention renounces the ‘constitutional church’ and the Cult of the Supreme Being
September 18 1793
The Great Terror begins
A period of extreme violence during the French Revolution, last weeks of which are sometimes referred to as the Red Terror or Great Terror
5 April 1794
Georges Jacques Danton was a leading figure in the early stages of the French Revolution, in particular as the first president of the Committee of Public Safety.
28 July 1794
A French lawyer and politician, one of the best known and most influential figures associated with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.