Storming of the Bastille Timeline

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  • c. 1400
    The fortress of the Bastille in Paris is converted into a state prison.
  • 27 Jun 1789
    France's three estates are reconciled into a unified National Assembly; the Estates-General concludes.
  • c. Jul 1789 - c. Nov 1789
    The Bastille fortress, symbol of the tyranny of the French monarchy, is demolished.
  • 9 Jul 1789
    The National Assembly asks King Louis XVI of France to withdraw the troops concentrated around Paris. He refuses.
  • 11 Jul 1789
    Jacques Necker, popular Chief Minister of France, is fired from King Louis XVI's cabinet for a second time and ordered into exile.
  • 12 Jul 1789 - 14 Jul 1789
    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.
  • 14 Jul 1789
    The Bastille in Paris is stormed.
  • 16 Jul 1789
    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.
  • 14 Jul 1790
    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.