Modern World History French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. By angieeeeeeeeeeeeee Oct 13, 1774 Louis XVI Louis XVI came to the throne at the age of 19. He was a well intention but weak leader who was often dominated by his wife, Marie ntoinette. Jul 14, 1789 Paris Stormed the people of Paris stormed the Bastille, a much-hated prison in Paris that symbolized autocratic rule. Oct 13, 1789 Poor harvests The year 1789 had been preceded by two years of poor harvests. The pople were hungry and felt that neither the king nor nobility cared. Oct 13, 1799 Napolean Napolean Bonaparte assumed control of France and created a dictatorship. Oct 13, 1800 DEMOCRACY democracy developed in France. The French Revolution illustrates why democracy sometimes fails. It is not enough to promise equality and freedom. Nor to have representative government. Oct 13, 1804 Napolean Napoleon decided to make humself emperor, and the French voters supported him. Dec 2, 1804 Purple Velvet Napolean, dressed in a splendid robe of purple velvet, walked down the long ausle of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Oct 13, 1805 threat Napoleon tried to remove the threat of the navy. Oct 13, 1812 Freedom The only major European contries free from Napoleon's control were Britain, the Ottoman Empure, Portugal, and sweden. Oct 13, 1945 World War II ends. Oct 13, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of the UN's most important contributions is the Universal Declaration of Humas Rights. It was adopted by the General Assembly.