Visual Timeline: Storming of the Bastille
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1400 CE: The fortress of the Bastille in Paris is converted into a state prison.
1789 CE: France's three estates are reconciled into a unified National Assembly; the Estates-General concludes.
1789 CE: The Bastille fortress, symbol of the tyranny of the French monarchy, is demolished.
1789 CE: The National Assembly asks King Louis XVI of France to withdraw the troops concentrated around Paris. He refuses.
1789 CE: Jacques Necker, popular Chief Minister of France, is fired from King Louis XVI's cabinet for a second time and ordered into exile.
1789 CE: The dismissal of Jacques Necker causes over 6,000 Parisians to take to the streets. They fight with soldiers, burn toll booths, and raid armories and gunsmiths for weapons.
1789 CE: The Bastille in Paris is stormed.
1789 CE: The Comte d'Artois, Louis XVI's brother, flees Versailles with other royalists after the Storming of the Bastille, becoming the first wave of emigres to flee the French Revolution.
1790 CE: The Fete de la Federation is celebrated in France to mark the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille; the first time 14 July is celebrated as a national holiday.