French Revolution

First Stage


Jacques Necker elected finance minister


Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotine joined France's Constituent Assembly


Beginning of French Revolution


Robespierre proclaimed that all estates should pay taxes

May 1789

Discussion was silenced

June 1789

Chaos broke out

July 1789

Chaos broke out in the streets and a mob marched to Bastille and was out for gunpowder and revenge

An aggitated assembly of women demanding bread marched to Versailles

October 1789

Invention of the guillotine


Marie Antoinette planned an escape and broke out from the Tuileries

June 1791

Second Stage

(1791-1792) Constitutional Monarchy

Jacques Pierre Brissot

April 1792

Jacques Pierre Brissot and the National Assembly declared war on Austria and Prussia

National Convention split into two factions: Girondins and Jacobins

September 1792

Convention officially declared France a republic

Sept. 21, 1792

Third Stage

(1792-1794) Reign of Terror

The Divisiveness in the Convention became more apparant


Louis XVI was guillotined

January 1793

Two important organizations grew out of the Great Terror


The Revolutionary Tribunal and the Committee of Public Safety were established

Charlotte Corday arrived in Paris

July 1793

Marie Antoinette was guillotined

October 1793

Fourth Stage

(1794-1799) Directory

Robespierre was appointed as the Festival of the Supreme Being

June 1794

New constitution caused riots in the streets of Paris


End of French Revolution