Louis XVI orders the mobilisation of royal troops, particularly around Paris.
After being locked out of a meeting hall, the Third Estate meets in a nearby tennis court and takes the famous Tennis Court Oath.
A crowd of 4,000 storms a prison on the left bank of the Seine, freeing dozens of mutinous soldiers.
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.
The National Assembly begins to dismantle seigneurialism, with many nobles voluntarily surrendering their own feudal dues. These reforms are enacted by the August Decrees.
The National Assembly passes the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.
The National Assembly passes its Decree on Church Lands, declaring that all ecclesiastical lands are “at the disposal of the nation”
Parisian citizens, including large numbers of women, march on Versailles and menace the royal family.
The royal family and the National Assembly agree to leave Versailles for Paris.
The National Assembly decrees the abolition of all noble ranks and titles.
The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is passed by the National Assembly.
The Fete de la Federation, a celebration of the revolution and the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, takes place in Paris.
A National Assembly decree requires all clergymen to swear an oath to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.
Pope Pius condemns both the Civil Constitution of the Clergy and the Declaration of the Rights of Man.
The royal family attempts to flee Paris to a loyalist stronghold in Montmedy but are intercepted and arrested at Varennes.
Louis XVI and the royal family are returned to Paris under guard.
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.
The National Assembly begins deliberating on the draft constitution.
The rulers of Prussia and Austria issues the Declaration of Pillnitz, affirming their support for Louis XVI.
Louis XVI formally ratifies the Constitution of 1791.