Commune Standard Time

  • Storming of the Bastille in Paris

    Storming of the Bastille in Paris
    Prise de la Bastille
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    French Revolution

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    Haitian Revolution

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    First French Empire

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    Bourbon Restoration in France

  • Revolution of 1830 in France

    Revolution of 1830 in France
  • Revolution of 1848 in France

    Revolution of 1848 in France
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    French Second Empire

  • Napoleon III declares war on Prussia

    Napoleon III declares war on Prussia
  • Battle of Sedan

    Battle of Sedan
  • Napoleon III surrenders at Sedan

    Napoleon III surrenders at Sedan
    Thomas Jones Barker, Surrender of Napoleon III at Sedan, 1870, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
  • France's Third Republic proclaimed; Govt of National Defense

    France's Third Republic proclaimed; Govt of National Defense
    Le gouvernement provisoire d'Adolphe Thiers 1870-1871. Photo (montage) d'Ernest-Eugène Appert, noms manuscrits.
  • Siege of Paris begins

    Siege of Paris begins
  • Parisian workers following Louis Blanqui demonstrate, call for the government's overthrow & for an independent municipal government: a Commune

    Parisian workers following Louis Blanqui demonstrate, call for the government's overthrow & for an independent municipal government: a Commune
    Photo of Louis Auguste Blanqui (photographer unknown)
  • Adolphe Thiers becomes Chief Executive

    Adolphe Thiers becomes Chief Executive
    Portrait d'Adolphe Thiers par Nadar
  • Preliminary Treaty of Versailles signed by Adolphe Thiers & Otto von Bismarck

    Preliminary Treaty of Versailles signed by Adolphe Thiers & Otto von Bismarck
    Scan from the Imperial Law Gazette of Germany, 1871
  • Battle of Bordj Bou Arreridjj & beginning of the Mokrani Revolt in Algeria led by Mohamed Amokrane/Cheik Mokrani

    Battle of Bordj Bou Arreridjj & beginning of the Mokrani Revolt in Algeria led by Mohamed Amokrane/Cheik Mokrani
  • Thiers sends troops to disarm the capital; the people of Paris resist

    Thiers sends troops to disarm the capital; the people of Paris resist
    Exposition La Commune de Paris à l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris (18 mars - 28 mai 2011) - Arrivée des canons repris à l'armée devant la mairie du 18 e arrondissement, le 18 mars 1871 - Gravure de J. Gaildrau pour L'Illustration du 25 mars 1871.
  • The Central Committee (est. 18 March) lifts the state of siege

    The Central Committee (est. 18 March) lifts the state of siege
  • French National Assembly meets at opera house in Versailles

    French National Assembly meets at opera house in Versailles
  • Shooting in the rue de la Paix on 22 March

    Shooting in the rue de la Paix on 22 March
    A group calling itself the "Friends of Order" demonstrates vs. the Central Committee & the ensuing confrontation w/the National Guard leads to the death of 12-30 people near Place Vendôme.
  • Second Commune of Lyon begins

    Second Commune of Lyon begins
  • The Commune of Narbonne begins

    The Commune of Narbonne begins
  • Voters in Paris elect a Commune Council

    Voters in Paris elect a Commune Council
  • The Commune is proclaimed!

    The Commune is proclaimed!
  • The Commune repeals legislation (passed by the authority based in Versailles) calling for the payment of rent arrears & debts that had been suspended during the siege.

    The Commune repeals legislation (passed by the authority based in Versailles) calling for the payment of rent arrears & debts that had been suspended during the siege.
  • The Commune declares that the highest salary paid to any one of its members will be 6000 francs

    The Commune declares that the highest salary paid to any one of its members will be 6000 francs
  • Second "Siege of Paris" begins as Versailles moves on the capital

    Second "Siege of Paris" begins as Versailles moves on the capital
  • The Commune separates Church & State

    The Commune separates Church & State
  • Commune de Marseille declared in solidarity with Paris

    Commune de Marseille declared in solidarity with Paris
  • The Commune passes the "Decree on Hostages"

    The decree authorizes the arrest of any person thought to be loyal to the French government in Versailles, those arrested were to be held as "hostages of the people of Paris".
  • Members of the 137th battalion of the Commune's National Guard publicly burn the guillotine in the Place Voltaire (now Place Léon Blum) in the 11th arrondissement of Paris

    Members of the 137th battalion of the Commune's National Guard publicly burn the guillotine in the Place Voltaire (now Place Léon Blum) in the 11th arrondissement of Paris
  • Council of the Order of Freemasons issues a "Manifesto" addressed to the government in Versailles & to the Commune

    Council of the Order of Freemasons issues a "Manifesto" addressed to the government in Versailles & to the Commune
    "STOP THE SPILLING OF PRECIOUS BLOOD THAT FLOWS ON BOTH SIDES, and lay down the basis for a definitive peace that will be THE DAWN OF A NEW FUTURE."
  • "Union des Femmes" founded by Elisabeth Dmitrieff & Nathalie Lemel

    "Union des Femmes" founded by Elisabeth Dmitrieff & Nathalie Lemel
  • Gustave Courbet authorized to reestablish museums and open galleries in Paris

    Gustave Courbet authorized to reestablish museums and open galleries in Paris
  • The Commission des Barricades outlines the appropriate form for a barricade

    The Commission des Barricades outlines the appropriate form for a barricade
  • Manifesto of the Federation of Aritsts

    Manifesto of the Federation of Aritsts
  • The Commune takes up abandoned workshops to address unemployment & production

    The Commune takes up abandoned workshops to address unemployment & production
  • The Commune reopens parks, gardens & other public spaces

    The Commune reopens parks, gardens & other public spaces
  • Déclaration au peuple français

    Déclaration au peuple français
  • The Commune abolishes night baking

    The Commune abolishes night baking
  • Landing outside at the Hôtel de Ville

    Landing outside at the Hôtel de Ville
  • Thiers refuses to exchange Louis-Auguste Blanqui for the Archbishop Darboy held by the Commune.

    Thiers refuses to exchange Louis-Auguste Blanqui for the Archbishop Darboy held by the Commune.
    The Archbishop is executed in May.
  • The Bibliothèque Nationale's reading rooms, closed since September 1870, are reopened in Paris

    The Bibliothèque Nationale's reading rooms, closed since September 1870, are reopened in Paris
  • Governor General of "French Algeria" declares a "state of siege"

    Governor General of "French Algeria" declares a "state of siege"
  • Mass rally of Freemasons in Paris hoping to reconcile the Commune and Versailles

    Mass rally of Freemasons in Paris hoping to reconcile the Commune and Versailles
  • The Commune orders closing of pawn shops

  • The Commune orders the destruction of the Chapel Expiatoire built after the execution of Louis XVI

    The Commune orders the destruction of the Chapel Expiatoire built after the execution of Louis XVI
    The Chapel is not ultimately demolished.
  • Manifesto of the Central Committee of L'UNION DES FEMMES POUR LA DÉFENSE DE PARIS ET LES SOINS AUX BLESSÉS

    Manifesto of the Central Committee of L'UNION DES FEMMES POUR LA DÉFENSE DE PARIS ET LES SOINS AUX BLESSÉS
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    The Commune adopts the French Revolutionary Calendar

    For 18 days from May 6-23, 1871 (16 Floréal–3 Prairial Year 79), the Commune adopts the French Republican Calendar used from 1793-1805.
  • The Versaillais take the Fort d'Issy

    The Versaillais take the Fort d'Issy
    One of the forts outside the main wall of Paris. The struggle had begun on April 25th. Hundreds died over the course of the battle and the fort itself is left in ruins.
  • France (under Thiers) & Germany sign the Treaty of Frankfurt

    France (under Thiers) & Germany sign the Treaty of Frankfurt
    The treaty includes: the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, continued occupation in some areas of France & terms for the payment of war reparations.
  • The Commune's Committee of Public Safety decides to destroy the Paris home of Adolphe Thiers

    The Commune's Committee of Public Safety decides to destroy the Paris home of Adolphe Thiers
    The residence is located in the Place Saint-Georges in the 9th arrondissement.
  • The Appeal to Working Women

    The Appeal to Working Women
  • The Palais de Justice on fire

    The Palais de Justice on fire
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    La Semaine Sanglante / Bloody Week

  • Communards set fire to the Palais des Tuileries

    Communards set fire to the Palais des Tuileries
  • The Hôtel de Ville goes up in flames

    The Hôtel de Ville goes up in flames
  • The Commune executes more than 50 hostages, including several priests & Versailles soldiers

    The Commune executes more than 50 hostages, including several priests & Versailles soldiers
  • Final battles as the last barricades of the Commune fall to Versailles

    Final battles as the last barricades of the Commune fall to Versailles
  • The French capture Cheik Mokrani's brother, Boumezrag

    The French capture Cheik Mokrani's brother, Boumezrag
    He is condemned to death in March 27, 1873
  • Surviving leaders of Mokrani revolt are tried by Assize Court of Algiers

    Surviving leaders of Mokrani revolt are tried by Assize Court of Algiers
    Some are executed, others sentenced to forced labour. Many are deported to New Caledonia in the Pacific