Timeline of the French Revolution

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    1789

    • January 24: Summoning of the States-General
    • May 5: Meeting of the States-General
    • June 17: National Assembly declared
    • June 20: Tennis Court Oath
    • July 9: National Constituent Assembly declared
    • July 11: Necker dismissed
    • July 14: Storming of the Bastille
    • August 4: Surrender of feudal rights
    • August 27: Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
    • October 5-6: Outbreak of the Paris mob; Liberal monarchical constitution

    1790

    • July 14: Constitution accepted by King Louis XVI
    • July — : Growing power of the clubs (including: Cordeliers, Jacobin Club)
    • July — : Reorganisation of Paris
    • September: Fall of Necker

    1791

    • April 2: Death of Mirabeau
    • June 20-25: Flight to Varennes of the royal family
    • July 17: Champ-de-Mars massacre
    • September 30: Dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly
    • October 1: Legislative Assembly meets
    • August 27: Declaration of Pillnitz ( Frederick William II and Leopold II)

    1792

    • February 7: Alliance of Austria and Prussia
    • April 20: French declare war against Austria
    • August 10: Storming of the Tuileries Palace. Louis XVI of France is arrested and taken into custody
    • September 2-7: The September Massacres
    • September 20: Battle of Valmy
    • September 21: National Convention meets; Abolition of the monarchy
    • December: Trial of Louis XVI before the Convention

    1793

    • January 21: Execution of Louis XVI
    • February 1: War declared against Britain, Holland, Spain
    • March — : Royalist revolt in the Vendée
    • April — : Power centered in the Committee of Public Safety and the Committee of General Security
    • June 2: Arrest of 31 Girondist deputies
    • July 13: Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat
    • August 23: Levy of entire male population
    • September 17: Passing of the Law of Maximum Général: a comprehensive program of wage and price controls
    • October 16: Execution of Marie Antoinette
    • October 31: Execution of Girondists
    • November 10: Abolition of the worship of god: Cult of Reason
    • December — : Retreat of the allies across the Rhine

    1794

    • January 19 : English land in Corsica
    • February 4 : Abolition of slavery in colonies
    • March 24 : Execution of the Hébertists
    • April 6 : Execution of the Dantonists
    • June 8 : Festival of the Supreme Being
    • June 10 : Law of 22 Prairial (power to the Revolutionary Tribunal)
    • June 26 : Battle of Fleurus (1794) (French victory in Belgium)
    • July 27 : Fall of Maximilien Robespierre (9 Thermidor)
    • December 24 : Repeal of maximum

    1795

    • March 5 : Treaty of Basel (Prussia withdraws from war)
    • April 1 : Bread riots in Paris
    • June 8 : Death of the dauphin ( Louis XVII)
    • August 22 : Constitution of 1795
    • October 5 : Napoleon’s “whiff of grape-shot”
    • October 26 : Convention dissolved; Directory begins

    1796

    • March 5 : War against the Holy Roman Empire
    • March 9 Marriage of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine
    • May 10 Battle of Lodi (Napoleon in Italy)
    • July Siege of Mantua

    1797

    • April 18 Preliminary Peace of Leoben
    • July 8 : Cisalpine Republic established
    • September 4 : Coup d’Etat at Paris (republicans over reactionaries)
    • October 17 : Treaty of Campo Formio

    1798

    • February — : Roman Republic proclaimed
    • April — : Helvetian Republic proclaimed
    • July 21 : Battle of the Pyramids
    • August 1 : Battle of the Nile
    • December 24 : Alliance between Russia and Britain

    1799 – Beginning of the Napoleonic Era

    • June 17-19 : Battle of the Trebia (Suvorov defeats French)
    • August 24 : Napoleon leaves Egypt
    • October 22 : Russians withdraw from coalition
    • November 9 : The Coup d’Etat of Brumaire (18 Brumaire): end of the Directory
    • December 24 : Constitution of the Year VIII: Dictatorship of Napoleon established under the Consulate
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