A Revolution: 1789-1790
The storming of the Bastille

July 12-14: Worried by royal troops moving toward Paris and rumors of the dismissal of finance minister Necker, Parisians scour the city for arms to defend it, coming eventually to the Bastille prison, where they demand to be given all weapons inside. When the guards refuse to open the gates, they storm the building and the Bastille falls.
July 16: The National Constituent Assembly insists that Jacques Necker be recalled as Director General of Finances and Minister of State; Louis XVI complies.
July 17: The National Constituent Assembly’s formal power begins. Louis XVI participates in celebratory ceremonies and design of the new constitution begins.
July through August: This period marks the "Great Fear," when peasants riot throughout France and anticipate the nobles’ revenge.

Declaration of the Rights of Man
August 26: The National Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, inspired by the American Declaration of Independence of 1776.
September 12: Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat's daily pamphlet "L'Ami du peuple" (The Friend of the People) debuts, raging against aristocrats and those who argue for equal, democratic distribution of property.

Women's March on Versailles
October 5-6: The Women's March Upon Versailles occurs when Parisian women lead a mob of people to Versailles and force the royal family back to Paris.
October 6: The Versailles-based National Assembly, proclaiming its inseparability from the king, transfers closer to the royal family's new home—Tuileries Palace.
December 9: The administrative reorganization of France begins, abolishing old provincial boundaries and establishing administrative departments.

Renunciation of feudal rights in National Assembly

January: Jacobin Clubs expand admission policies and attract more members, building popularity for the party and introducing more citizens to anti-aristocratic sentiment.