On This Day

Historical Events in July 1789

  • Jul 4 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington
  • Jul 6 French Revolution: the National Assembly forms a committee of thirty members to write a new constitution
  • Jul 9 French Revolution: the National Assembly renames itself the National Constituent Assembly

Historic Event

Jul 11 French King Louis XVI dismisses finance minister Jacques Necker, sparking riots in Paris

France Celebrates Bastille Day

Jul 14 Bastille Day - the French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille Prison in Paris (now celebrated as France's national day)

  • Jul 15 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris

Historic Event

Jul 16 French King Louis XVI reinstates Jacques Necker as finance minister following riots at his dismissal

  • Jul 27 US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department