French Revolution

  • The American Revolution

    The American Revolution
    The American Revolution was a colonial revolt which occurred between 1765 and 1783. The American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War with the assistance of France, winning independence from Great Britain and establishing the United States of America.
  • Napoleon's Birth

    Napoleon's Birth
    Napoleon was born in Ajaccio, France.
  • Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are married

    Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are married
    Marie Antoinette, a 14-year-old royal bride, was delivered to the French on an island in the middle of the Rhine River, and a grand procession escorted the archduchess to the Palace of Versailles. The day after Marie Antoinette met the 15-year-old future king of France, the two were wed in a lavish palace ceremony.
  • The Declaration of Independence (US)

    The Declaration of Independence (US)
    The United States Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Napoleon starts his military career

    Napoleon starts his military career
    Napoleon begins study at the royal military academy.
  • Napoleon graduates

    Napoleon graduates
    Graduates from Ecole Militaire with the rank of second lieutenant in the artillery.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    The members of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, vowing "not to separate and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established". It was a pivotal event in the French Revolution.
  • Bastille is Stormed

    Bastille is Stormed
    The Storming of the Bastille occurred in Paris, France, on the afternoon of 14 July 1789. The medieval armory, fortress, and political prison known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the centre of Paris.
  • Women’s March on Versailles

    Women’s March on Versailles
    The Women's March on Versailles, also known as the October March, the October Days or simply the March on Versailles, was one of the earliest and most significant events of the French Revolution.
  • The first Constitution of France

    The first Constitution of France
    The short-lived French Constitution of 1791 was the first written constitution in France, created after the collapse of the absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. One of the basic precepts of the revolution was adopting constitutionality and establishing popular sovereignty.
  • Return of Louis XVI after he tried to flee

    Return of Louis XVI after he tried to flee
    The royal family is forced back to Paris after their attempt to flee. The revolutionaries forced Louis XVI and his family to return to Paris and removed the little remaining authority he still had.
  • Formation of the National Convention

    Formation of the National Convention
    The National Convention was the first government of the French Revolution, following the two-year National Constituent Assembly and the one-year Legislative Assembly. Created after the great insurrection of 10 August 1792, it was the first French government organized as a republic, abandoning the monarchy altogether.
  • The murder of Marat

    The murder of Marat
    The Death of Marat is a 1793 painting by Jacques-Louis David of the murdered French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat. It is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution. David was the leading French painter, as well as a Montagnard and a member of the revolutionary Committee of General Security.
  • The formation of the Committee of Public Safety

    The formation of the Committee of Public Safety
    The Committee of Public Safety, created in April 1793 by the National Convention and then restructured in July 1793, formed the provisional government in France during the Reign of Terror, a phase of the French Revolution.
  • Promotion

    Promotion
    Napoleon is promoted to General of the Army of the West.
  • Napoleon becomes Emperor

    Napoleon becomes Emperor
    Napoleon crowns himself Emperor in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris.
  • Napoleon's Death

    Napoleon's Death
    He died on an island, most likely by stomach cancer.