Timeline of French Revolution

  • June 7, 1643

    June 7, 1643
    Louis Rigaud was crowned King of France and became known as King Louis XIV on this day,
  • 1667

    1667
    The War of Devolution started during King Louis XV's reign.
  • 1672

    1672
    The Dutch War began, which involved France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Netherlands
  • May 6, 1682

    May 6, 1682
    King Louis XIV made the Palace of Versailles the official home of the royalty of France.
  • 1688

    1688
    The War of the League of Augsburg began.
  • 1702

    1702
    The War of Spanish Succession began as the last war involving King Louis XV. It lasted until 1714.
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    Reign of King Louis XV

  • September 25, 1774

    September 25, 1774
    King Louis XVI is crowned King of France.
  • May 5, 1789

    May 5, 1789
    King Louis XVI called together the Estates-General to discuss economic issues and famine resulting from the Old Regime.
  • June 17, 1789

    June 17, 1789
    The peasant class, or third estate, broke off from the Estates General and formed the National Assembly.
  • June 29, 1789

    June 29, 1789
    The National assembly took the Tennis Court Oath to ally with one another to push for a new constitution.
  • July 9, 1789

    July 9, 1789
    The National Assembly makes its mission to create a constitution.
  • July 14, 1789

    July 14, 1789
    Members of the third estate attacked the Bastille prison to send a message that they wanted change in the government.
  • July 17, 1789

    July 17, 1789
    The Great Fear, a time of chaos from the third estate’s revolts from a rumor that nobles would try to overpower them, began.
  • August 5-11, 1789

    August 5-11, 1789
    The National Assembly rids France of feudalism and its practices.
  • August 27, 1789

    August 27, 1789
    The National Assembly finished the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which stated human rights.
  • October 5, 1789

    October 5, 1789
    Women peasants walked to the royal palace in Versailles to protest the class system in a march called “October Days”.
  • June 19,1790

    June 19,1790
    The National Assembly got rid of the practice of noble titles.
  • March 2, 1791

    March 2, 1791
    The National Assembly removed guilds and monopolies from France.
  • May 15, 1791

    May 15, 1791
    Black citizens received equal rights in France.
  • The King and Queen Flee to Varennes

    The King and Queen Flee to Varennes
    With all of the unrest, the King and Queen tried to flee Paris, but were recognized at the border of Varennes and they were sent back to Paris
  • September 3, 1791

    September 3, 1791
    The National Assembly made France’s new Constitution, which included voting for the members of the legislative part of the government.
  • September 20, 1791

    September 20, 1791
    France made slavery illegal in the country.
  • September 30, 1991

    September 30, 1991
    The Legislative Assembly replaced the National Assembly, and the members were elected.
  • November 9, 1791

    November 9, 1791
    The National Assembly ordered all emigrants to come back to France. Divorce was also allowed by this. The King vetoed this two days later.
  • 1792

    1792
    Food riots began to happen.
  • August 10-13, 1792

    August 10-13, 1792
    King Louis XVI was captured by the government with the rest of the royal family.
  • September 2-6, 1792

    September 2-6, 1792
    The violent period of time, the "September Massacres" began on September 2.
  • September 21, 1792

    September 21, 1792
    The National Convention became the main governmental rule, making France a republic.
  • January 21, 1793

    January 21, 1793
    King Louis XVI was executed by the National Convention.
  • July 27, 1793

    July 27, 1793
    Robespierre became the leader of the Committee of Public Safety.
  • September 17, 1793

    September 17, 1793
    The Reign of Terror began, which was filled with executions and headed by the Committee of Public Safety led by Robespierre.
  • October 16, 1793

    October 16, 1793
    Marie Antoinette was beheaded by the guillotine.
  • February 4, 1794

    February 4, 1794
    Slavery was declared illegal in the colonies owned by France as well.
  • February 15, 1794

    February 15, 1794
    France’s current flag was made official.
  • October 26, 1795

    October 26, 1795
    The Directory becomes the new head of French government.
  • February 2-23, 1796

    February 2-23, 1796
    Napoleon leads France’s military in Italy.
  • November 15-17, 1796

    November 15-17, 1796
    Napoleon was successful in an important battle with Austria.
  • October 17, 1797

    October 17, 1797
    France made a treaty with Austria called Campo Formio to end their long years of battle.
  • October 18, 1798

    October 18, 1798
    Napoleon Bonaparte led a mission to conquer Egypt.
  • November 9, 1799

    November 9, 1799
    The Consulate replaces the Directory under the orders of Napoleon.
  • 1804

    1804
    Napoleon made Napoleonic Code, which allowed people to advance in life based on their own work, but didn’t give women rights.
  • 1805

    1805
    France began to fight with Great Britain, France, and Russia.
  • 1814

    1814
    France loses in the battle against Great Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and Napoleon is exiled.
  • June 18, 1815

    June 18, 1815
    Napoleon was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo.