French Revolution Timeline

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  • King Louis comes to power

    King Louis comes to power
    Due to the death of his grandfather, Louis XV, Louis XIV became leader of France, Thus starting a memorable reign of France.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    The Third Estate and some clergy who had joined them went to their meeting hall. But the door was locked. Suspecting a plot, they rushed to a nearby indoor tennis court. There, they swore the Tennis Court Oath, vowing to stay put until they had created a constitution that placed power in the hands of the people. This signified the first time that French citizens formally stood in opposition to Louis XVI. It also inspired a wide variety of revolutionary activity in the months afterwards.
  • Storming of the Bastile

    Storming of the Bastile
    About 600 angry Parisians successfully attacked the Bastille and took control of this symbol of tyranny. This event inspired other French people to take up arms against the king and the nobility. Storming of Bastille became a nationalist symbol, because they helped share a sense of belonging to a nation. It became a central part of their national myth because it said, "We are a nation. We can govern ourselves." It showed how the actions of ordinary citizens can lead to great change.
  • Declaration of the rights of man and citizens

    Declaration of the rights of man and citizens
    This declaration abolished traditional privileges enjoyed by the monarch, the clergy, and the aristocracy, sparked a bloody struggle that eventually led to the creation of a French nation based on new principles. It established France as a secular republic. The 17 articles of the declaration set out these principles and became the basis of the new French constitution. It defined the individual and collective rights of all people.The declaration became the catechism of the Revolution in France.
  • Women's March on Versailles

    Women's March on Versailles
    The March on Versailles, was also known as The Bread March of Women. Although the National Assembly had taken the Tennis Court Oath and the Bastille had fallen at the hands of the crowd, the poor women of Paris still found that there was a considerable bread shortage and the prices were very high. Rumors had been spreading in Paris that the royals were hoarding all the grain. A hungry mob of 7,000 largely working-class women decided to march on the Versailles, taking with them weapons.
  • Execution of Louis XIV

    Execution of Louis XIV
    The Convention put Louis XVI on trial for treason, and unanimously pronounced him guilty. As the revolution took hold in France, the ruling elites in other countries watched with growing fear. They were afraid that the events in France might inspire people in their own country to take similar actions. As a result, created threats. In response to outside threats and to ensure that the gains made during the revolution would not be lost, they executed Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in 1793.
  • Beginning of the committee of public safety

    Beginning of the committee of public safety
    Formed the de facto executive government in France during the Reign of Terror (1793–94), a stage of the French Revolution.
  • Assassination of Jean Paul Marat

    Assassination of Jean Paul Marat
    He was assassinated in his bath by Charlotte Corday, a young Girondin conservative.
  • Maximilian Robinson comes to power

    Maximilian Robinson comes to power
    Maximilian Robinson takes over France and is the new king over Louis XIV.
  • Beginning of the Reign of Terror

    Beginning of the Reign of Terror
    Not everyone in France agreed with the way the revolution was being carried out. Many people were horrified by some brutal acts that were taking place and by the execution of the king and the queen. Fearing opposition within the country, revolutionary leaders began a crackdown that became known as the Reign of Terror. This period lasted for 11 months in 1793 and 1794. The constitution was suspended and anyone who criticized the revolution was targeted. About 17,000 people were sentenced to death
  • Execution of Marie Antoinette

    Execution of Marie Antoinette
    On 21 September 1792, the monarchy was abolished. After a two-day trial begun on 14 October 1793, Marie Antoinette was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed by guillotine on the Place de la Révolution on 16 October 1793.
  • End of Reign of Terror

    End of Reign of Terror
    The reign of terror ends and the total deaths is an astounding 50,000.
  • Formation of the directory

    Formation of the directory
    Directory, French Directoire, the French Revolutionary government set up by the Constitution of the Year III, which lasted four years, from November 1795 to November 1799. It included a bicameral legislature known as the Corps Législatif.