intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during the 18th century, many European writers criticized monarchical rule and espoused the ideas of freedom and equality.
Louis XVI becomes king
1774 - 1792
Louis was king of France when the monarchy was overthrown during the French Revolution. He was guillotined in 1793.
Riots in Paris
April 26 1789 - April 29 1789
They were centered in the St. Antoine district of Paris where a factory which produced luxury wallpaper was owned by Jean-Baptiste Réveillon. The factory employed around 300 people. The riots were one of the first instances of violence during the French Revolution.
The Estates General meet
May 5 1789
This assembly was composed of three estates – the clergy, nobility and commoners – who had the power to decide on the levying of new taxes and to undertake reforms in the country. The opening of the Estates General in Versailles also marked the start of the French Revolution.
Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly
June 13 1789 - July 9 1789
It was a revolutionary assembly formed by the representatives of the Third Estate of the Estates-General. This Assembly called themselves the "National Assembly" since they represented at least 96% of the nation.
Tennis Court Oath was taken
June 20 1789
Dramatic act of defiance by representatives of the non-privileged classes (the Third Estate) during the meeting of the Estates-General at the beginning of the French Revolution. It claimed not to separate and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established.
Storming on the Bastille
July 14 1789
The Bastille (prison) represented royal authority in the centre of Paris. The prison contained only seven inmates at the time of its storming but was seen by the revolutionaries as a symbol of the monarchy's abuse of power and it was seen as the start of the French Revolution.
July 17 1789 - August 3 1789
It was a period of panic and riot by peasants and others amid rumors of an “aristocratic conspiracy” by the king and the privileged to overthrow the Third Estate.both peasants and townspeople mobilized in many regions
Women's March on Versailles
August 5 1789 - August 6 1789
It was a large group of women in a Paris marketplace began to revolt. They wanted to buy bread for their families at a fair price. As they marched, more people joined the group and soon there were thousands of marchers.
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
August 26 1789
It is a human civil rights document. One of the basic charters of human liberties, containing the principles that inspired the French Revolution.