French Revolution Timeline

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  • Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes

    Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes
    Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes was born on May 03, 1748, and died on June 20, 1836. Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes during the French Revolution encouraged poorer members of society to fight for their rights as citizens. Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes was elected a deputy of the Third Estate and held great influence over the first few events of the Revolution.
  • Olympe de Gouges

    Olympe de Gouges
    Olympe de Gouges was born on May 7, 1748, and died on November 3, 1793. She was a French playwright and political activist who wrote about women's rights and abolitionism which these writings spread throughout various countries. Then when political tension in France increased Olympe de Gouges become more politically active.
  • Louis XVI

    Louis XVI
    Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754, and died on January 21, 1793. He was the last king of France before the French Revolution began. Louis XVI was not the best king of France and not liked by the people, and was executed by the people using the guillotine.
  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette
    Marie Antoinette was born on November 2, 1755, and died on October 16, 1793. She was the last queen of France before the Revolution. Marie Antoinette was imprisoned through her rein and eventually sentenced to death after being found guilty of treason.
  • Marquis de Lafayette

    Marquis de Lafayette
    Marquis de Lafayette was born on September 6, 1757, and died on May 20, 1834. Marquis de Lafayette was a French military fought and general who played an important part in the Revolution. During the French Revolution, it was him and his troops that saved the King and Queen when the palace of Versailles was overtaken and escorted them to Paris.
  • Maximilien Robespierre

    Maximilien Robespierre
    Maximilien Robespierre was born on May 6, 1758, and died on July 28, 1794. Maximilien Robespierre was the Jacobin leader and one of the principal figures in the French Revolution. In the latter months of 1793, he came to dominate the Committee of Public Safety. But then during the Regin of Terror, he was overthrown and executed.
  • Georges Danton

    Georges Danton
    Georges Danton was born on October 26, 1759, and died on April 5, 1794. Georges Danton was one of the leading figures of the Revolution being the first president of the Committee of Public Safety. He is known as the chief force in the overthrow of the French monarchy and the establishment of the First French Republic.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    The Tennis Court Oath took place on June 20, 1789. During the Tennis Court Oath members of the French Third Estate took an oath voting "not to separate and to reassemble wherever necessary, until the Constitution of the kingdom is established". The Tennis Court Oath was such a pivotal moment during the Revolution because it showed that the people were becoming restless, and it also laid down the foundation for future events.
  • Attack on the Bastille

    Attack on the Bastille
    the Attack on the Bastille happened on the afternoon of July 14, 1789. Bastille was like a prison and torture chamber at the time, so the revolutionaries attacked the building to show the monarchy that they thought the building stood as a symbol of their abuse of power. The fall of Bastille was a flashpoint of the Revolution even though there were only 7 prisoners inside during the attack.
  • Great Fear

    Great Fear
    The Great Fear took place between July 22, 1789, and August 6, 1789. The Great Fear was a general fear and state of shock that took place during the beginning of the Revolution. Peasant rebellions during the Great Fear began amid rumors that the king and other aristocrats wanted to overthrow the Third Estate. The turmoil of the worst famine in history, rumors of violence perpetrated by royal troops, and others worsened the cause of the Great Fear.
  • Women’s March to Versailles

    Women’s March to Versailles
    On October 5, 1789 women matched their way to the palace of Versailles. Women from the marketplaces of Paris who were concerned about high prices and lack of bread lead the march as other women followed. This march became when of the most significant events of the Revolution and eventually forced the royals to return to Paris.
  • Flight to Varennes

    Flight to Varennes
    The Flight to Varennes happened on the night of June 20 17791 into June 21, 1791. The Flight to Varennes is when the royal family had unsuccessfully tried to escape from Paris meaning they had escaped Paris, but were caught in a small town nearby, and had been arrested after being identified as the royal family. This event rally provoked the rage of the people because Louis XVI decided to run, which lead to him being charged with treason which leads to his execution.
  • Execution of Louis XVI

    Execution of Louis XVI
    Louis XVI was found guilty of conspiracy with foreign powers, the French National Convention sentenced him to death, so a day later he was executed via the guillotine. Also before his execution, the people of France had already tried to take over the place of Versailles to get to Louis XVi for he was not favored by the people.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    The Reign of Terror began on September 05, 1793, and ended on July 28, 1794. The Reign of Terror was a period of violence during the French Revolution incited by conflict between two rival political factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins. This violence and conflict was marked by the mass murder/execution of one another using the guillotine.
  • Napoleon Invades Russia

    Napoleon Invades Russia
    The French invasion of Russia also known as the Patriotic War took place between June 24, 1812, and December 14, 1812. The invasion of Russia was no successful has the French lost many soldiers, and supplies because the Russian soldiers burned everything everywhere they went, so the French couldn't find supplies. Also, the French went on this mission so they could be the leading power of Europe and push other countries into a peace treaty with them (if they were to defeat Russia).