April 27-28

Riots in the Saint-Antoine neighborhood

“The Réveillon Riots,” April 27-28, 1789

May 4

Inauguration of the Estates General in Versailles

June 17

Birth of the National Assembly in Versailles

June 30

The soldiers who were imprisoned for having refused to charge the crowd are freed by Parisians and put under protection in the Palais-Royal

Camille Desmoulins and the Orators of the Palais-Royal

July 10

The tollgates of Paris are set ablaze

Hell’s Gate: Paris, an Open-Air Prison?

July 12

Upon the announcement of Necker’s dismissal, a popular minister, the Parisian insurrection becomes widespread

The Duke of Lambesc’s Mad Charge, July 12, 1789

July 14

Storming of the Bastille and assassination of Flesselles, the Provost of the Merchants

July 15

Bailly becomes the Mayor of Paris, La Fayette becomes Commander of the Parisian National Guard

At the Louvre, in the Home of Bailly, the First Mayor of Paris

July 17

Arriving from Versailles, the king is triumphantly welcomed at the Hôtel de Ville

The Hôtel de Ville, Headquarters of the Parisian Revolution

August 4

Abolition of special preferences for the royal family

August 26

Declaration of the Rights of Man and Male Citizens

October 5-6

Women’s March to Versailles and the forced return of the king to the Tuileries in Paris

November 9

the National Assembly moves into the Riding Academy in the Tuileries

The Assembly in Paris


May 21

Paris is divided into 48 sections

Revolutionizing Street Names

July 14

Fête de la Fédération (Festival of the Federation) on the Champ-de-Mars

The Festival of the Federation


March 2

The trade corporations are abolished

April 2

Death of Mirabeau, the most famous revolutionary

Mirabeau’s Deathbed

May 1

The Paris excise taxes are abolished

Unfair Taxes

June 14

Workers’ unions and strikes are banned

June 20-25

The king and his family attempt to flee the country, but are arrested in Varennes and then forcefully brought back to Paris

July 17

Massacre of Republican demonstrators on the Champ-de-Mars

The Champ-de-Mars Massacre

October 1

First session of the Legislative Assembly

The Assembly in Paris


April 20

France declares war on the King of Hungary and Bohemia

June 8

A camp of “federates” is formed in order to protect Paris

June 20

Insurrection, the Tuileries castle is invaded for the first time

July 25

The Duke of Brunswick threatens to destroy Paris if Louis XVI’s powers are not fully reinstated

August 10

A new insurrection and the storming of the Tuileries, fall of the monarchy, an insurrectionary commune replaces the legal Commune

September 2-5

Prisoners known to be counter-revolutionaries are massacred in Paris

Massacre at the Monastery

September 22

France becomes a Republic


January 21

Execution of Louis XVI

The Guillotine

March 10

Creation of the Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris on the Ile de la Cité

The Palais de la Cité and the Conciergerie

March 21

Creation of the Committee of Surveillance in the Paris sections

Before Arrondissements: the Paris Sections

April 6

Creation of the Committee of Public Safety, which holds its meetings in the Tuileries castle

The Committee of Public Safety (Pavillon de Flore)

July 13

The journalist and deputy Marat is assassinated in his own home in Paris

Marat’s Assassination

August 10

A large Celebration of Union is held in Paris to commemorate the new democratic and social constitution

September 5-6

The sans-culottes demand social measures

The Assembly in Paris

September 17

Law designating certain citizens as “anti-revolutionary”

September 29

Prices and wages are restricted in accordance with the demands of the sans-culottes

The Assembly in Paris

October 10

The government is decreed revolutionary until there is peace; the State of Emergency becomes permanent

October 16

Execution of Marie-Antoinette

The Guillotine

October 30

Women clubs are banned


February 4

The National Convention abolishes slavery in some of the West Indian colonies

The Assembly in Paris

June 10

“The Great Terror” laws are enacted; the crackdown increases

July 28

Execution of Robespierre and his entourage

The Committee of Public Safety (Pavillon de Flore)

August 31

Explosion of the Grenelle gunpowder factory

The Explosion of the Grenelle Gunpowder Factory

November 12

The Jacobin club is banned

The Committee of Public Safety (Pavillon de Flore)


February 21

Law declaring religious freedom; separation of Church and State

The Revolution and Religious Faith

April 1- May 20

The radical sans-culottes who demand the advent of a democratic and social are suppressed

May 31

End of the Revolutionary Tribunal

The Palais de la Cité and the Conciergerie

June 8

Death of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette’s son in the Temple prison, heir to the throne

Temple or the Last Prison

October 5

Royalist demonstrators and sans-culottes are violently repressed in Paris, specifically by General Bonaparte

How Can a Person Earn their Stripes by Shooting Innocent People?

October 26

The Directory’s new constitution enters into effect; the Republic becomes conservative

How Can a Person Earn their Stripes by Shooting Innocent People?


May 10

Arrest of “the Equals,” radical Republicans who were preparing a coup d’état

Sainte-Pélagie, a Prison during the Revolution

September 9-10

Uprising attempt by radical Republicans in the Grenelle military camp


September 4-5 (18 Fructidor year V)

Coup d’état and harsh laws against the royalist movement


January 1

The colonies become overseas departments

Free People of Color Speak Out

May 11 (22 Floréal year VI)

Coup d’état against the Jacobin movement



The last of the sister republics in Europe finally collapse

Revolutionaries from All Countries…

November 9 and 10

General Bonaparte carries out a coup d’état and then establishes a more authoritarian republic

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