French Revolution Timeline

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  • Louis XVI gets crowned king of France

    Louis XVI gets crowned king of France
    On 1774 Louis Auguste, son of Louis XV was crowned king of France. Louis had been married to the Marie Antoinette of Austria for many years before having an heir to the throne.
  • The American Revolution begins.

    The American Revolution begins.
    In 1765, the American Revolution begun. American colonies were tired of their British counterparts treating them poorly, and they decided to intervene with armed combat
  • Calling of the Éstates General

    Calling of the Éstates General
    On May 5th 1789, king Louis XVI called upon members of all three estates to be in the Éstates General. This was a sort of voting system which was very biased because each estate got only one vote, even though the third estate made up 97% of the French population.
  • Formation of the National Assembly

    Formation of the National Assembly
    The National Assembly was formed when the third estate refused to remain a part of the Estates General. They eventually came to take the tennis court oath, which states they they shall not separate until a constitution is formed.
  • The Tennis Court Oath

    The Tennis Court Oath
    On June 20th 1789, the third estate, which had rebelled against the other two estates, met in the indoor tennis court at Versailles. There they took an oath never to separate until a constitution was formed.
  • Attack on the Bastille

    Attack on the Bastille
    On July 14th, 1789 the Bastille, a prison in Paris which had become a symbol of the monarchy, was attacked. This is one of the most memorable moments that sparked the French Revolution
  • French women drive king Louis out of Versailles

    French women drive king Louis out of Versailles
    On October 5, 1789, the women of France stormed into Versailles and drove the nobility out. The women's march on Versailles is one of the crowning achievements of the third estate in the Revolution.
  • France declares war on Austria

    France declares war on Austria
    On April 20th, 1792, France declared war on Austria. The French revolutionaries thought that going to war would help to unify the country.
  • Forming of the National Convention

    Forming of the National Convention
    On September 21, 1792, the third estate broke off from the estates general to form the National Convention. The National Convention is crowned with the execution of king Louis XVI.
  • The execution of Louis XVI

    The execution of Louis XVI
    On January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine. The third estate had enough of what he was doing as king, and they decided to rebel.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    The reign of terror was a time of catastrophe for France's first and second estates. Members of the National Assembly followed of their leader Marat, and killed anyone he told them to.
  • The Thermidorian Reaction

    The Thermidorian Reaction
    The thermidorian reaction happened in the month of Thermidor, created by Maximillien Robespierre. This ended the Reign of Terror.
  • Formation of the Directory

    Formation of the Directory
    In November 1795, the Directory was formed. The Directories purpose was to change the government that France had during the Revolution.
  • Napoleon Takes Power of France

    Napoleon Takes Power of France
    On August 24, 1799, Napoleon took power of France. He was to be seen in the eyes of the people as a saving grace for France.
  • Napoleon invades Russia

    Napoleon invades Russia
    On June 24th, 1812, Napoleon sends 680,000 troops into Russia. They gain a lot of land before winter, but when winter came the Russians wreaked havoc on the French troops and sent only 120,000 troops back home.
  • Napoleon gets Defeated at Waterloo

    Napoleon gets Defeated at Waterloo
    In June, 1815, Napoleon and his troops get defeated by the Russians. The winter is no time to invade Russia.