French Revolution 10 Key Events Timeline


Call of the Estates Generals (May 5, 1789)

May 5, 1789

King Louis XVI calls forth the Estates General together for the first time in a long time. Featuring the clergy, the noblemen, and the rest of France together.

Tennis Court Oath (June 17, 1789)

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

Storming of the Bastille (July 14, 1789)

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)

August 26, 1789

The Declaration of the Rights of Man is written and states that all men are equal under law. Women and children were not affected by this document.

March on Versailles (October 5, 1789)

October 5, 1789

Parisian market women lead a march on Versailles to protest about scarcity and high price of bread.

Civil Constitution of the Clergy (July 12, 1790)

July 12, 1790

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is published allowing the French government control of the Church. Due to badly needed money, the government starts to sell church land.

Royal Family attempts to flee (June 20, 1791)

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)

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)

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)

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.