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What Happened on July 14, 1789

France Celebrates Bastille Day

Historical Events

FranceBastille Day

Bastille Day - the French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille Prison in Paris (now celebrated as France's national day)

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Storming of the Bastille
Storming of the Bastille
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Famous Deaths

  • Bernard-RenĂ© de Launay, French governor of the Bastille prison, murdered during the storming of the Bastille (b.1740)
  • Jacques de Flesselles, French provost, shot and killed in the early days of the French Revolution at 58
1789 Highlights

About July 14, 1789

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 232 years and 3 months
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Cancer