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The coming of the French Revolution

The coming of the French Revolution


Although it was the American revolution that set the French Revolution vibrating, no two countries could have been less alike than the United States and France in 1789. The one was vast, undeveloped land that offered boundless opportunities to a free and democratically-minded people; the other an ancient, monarchical state shackled by traditions and privileges.

How many prisoners were freed by the storming of the Bastille?

How many prisoners were freed by the storming of the Bastille?

Actually, only seven. In France, 14th July, Bastille Day, is a national holiday and a glorious national symbol, equivalent to 4th July in the United States of America. From the rousing paintings of the scene, you might think hundreds of proud revolutionaries flooded into streets waving tricolours. In fact, only just over half a dozen people were being held at the time of the siege.

On this day – 16th May

On this day – 16th May

1770   Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

1881   In Germany the first electric tram for the public started service.
1920   Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome
1960   A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident.