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July 1st

01/01/1789

Louis XVI orders the mobilisation of royal troops, particularly around Paris.

June 20th

6/20/1789

After being locked out of a meeting hall, the Third Estate meets in a nearby tennis court and takes the famous Tennis Court Oath.

June 30th

6/30/1789

A crowd of 4,000 storms a prison on the left bank of the Seine, freeing dozens of mutinous soldiers.

July 14th

7/14/1789

The Bastille, a large fortress, prison and armoury in eastern Paris, is besieged and stormed by revolutions. Several officials, including Bastille governor de Launay and finance minister Foulon, are murdered.

August 4th

8/4/1789

The National Assembly begins to dismantle seigneurialism, with many nobles voluntarily surrendering their own feudal dues. These reforms are enacted by the August Decrees.

August 26th

8/26/1789

The National Assembly passes the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.

November 2nd

09/2/1789

The National Assembly passes its Decree on Church Lands, declaring that all ecclesiastical lands are “at the disposal of the nation”

October 5th

10/5/1789

Parisian citizens, including large numbers of women, march on Versailles and menace the royal family.

October 6th

10/6/1789

The royal family and the National Assembly agree to leave Versailles for Paris.

June 19th

06/19/1790

The National Assembly decrees the abolition of all noble ranks and titles.

July 12th

07/12/1790

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is passed by the National Assembly.

July 14th

07/14/1790

The Fete de la Federation, a celebration of the revolution and the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, takes place in Paris.

November 26th

11/26/1790

A National Assembly decree requires all clergymen to swear an oath to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.

March 10th

03/10/1791

Pope Pius condemns both the Civil Constitution of the Clergy and the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

June 20th

06/20/1791

The royal family attempts to flee Paris to a loyalist stronghold in Montmedy but are intercepted and arrested at Varennes.

June 25th

06/25/1791

Louis XVI and the royal family are returned to Paris under guard.

July 17th

07/17/1791

The Champ de Mars massacre. The National Guard kills between 20-50 rowdy Parisians, who had gathered to sign a Cordeliers petition for the abolition of the monarchy.

August 8th

08/8/1791

The National Assembly begins deliberating on the draft constitution.

August 27th

08/27/1791

The rulers of Prussia and Austria issues the Declaration of Pillnitz, affirming their support for Louis XVI.

September 14th

09/14/1791

Louis XVI formally ratifies the Constitution of 1791.