French Revolution

  • Estates General

    A meeting of the Estates-General was called by Louis XVI in Versailles to discuss and approve a new tax plan.
  • Sympathetic Members of 1st & 2nd Estate join the 3rd

    Three Poitevin curés decide to join the Third Estate, leaving the Chambers of the Clergy. Accepting the proposition of the delegate Abbé Sieyès, the Third Estate proclaims itself "The National Assembly." A few liberal nobles and many clergy join the movement of the Third Estate. Tennis Court Oath: After being locked out of their meeting room, deputies of the Third Estate assembled on a tennis court and swore not to separate until a constitutional regime was established.
  • July 7 - 13 National Assembly

    The National Assembly appoints a committee of thirty members to draft a constitution. The National Assembly proclaims itself the Constituent National Assembly, with full authority and power to decree laws; their primary task is to draw up and adopt a constitution. Necker is dismissed. Demonstrations and speeches take place at the Palais–Royal. The electors of Paris form a standing committee and a citizens’ militia.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    The storming and fall of the Bastille.
  • Feudalism Ends

    The end of feudalism and serfdom in France was announced by the National Assembly.
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

    The Declaration of the Rights of Man was issued by The National Assembly.
  • March to Versailles

    October 5,1789 - The women of Paris invaded Versailles. Parisians, led by a large number of women, march upon Versailles and force the royal family back to Paris, where they take up residence at the Tuileries. Louis XVI is considered by many a "Prisoner" in Paris. The Assembly, still in Versailles, declares, in the spirit of constitutional monarchy, its inseparability from the king.
  • Civil Constitution of the Clergy

    Civil Constitution of the Clergy1790 - The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was passed.
  • The Constitution of 1791 is Adopeted

    1791 - The Constitution of 1791 was adopted.
  • Louis XVI and Marie Antionette flee France

    June 20,1791 - Louis XVI and his family were arrested while trying to flee from France but were arrested.
  • France declares war on Austria

    April 20, 1792 - France declared war on Austria.
  • National Convention meets for the first time.

    September 1792 - The First meeting of the National Convention was held.
  • Louis XVI on Trial

    December 1972 - Commencement of the trial of Louis XVI.
  • Louis XVI sentenced to guillotine

    January 21, 1793 - Louis XVI sentenced to the guillotine.
  • A National Draft is issued.

    August 1793 - A National Draft was issued calling for all able-bodied men to enlist in the army.
  • The Reign of Terror

    September 1793
    to July 1794 - The Reign of Terror court sentenced 20,000 to 40,000 people to death.
  • Robespierre Arrested

    July 27, 1794 - The National Convention arrested Robespierre.
  • Robespierre Executed

    July 28, 1794 - Robespierre was beheaded.
  • A New Constitution Adopted

    1795 - A new Constitution was adopted.
  • Napoleon challenges the Directory

    1799 - The fall of the Directory heralds the end of the French Revolution.