French Revolution timeline

  • War of Austrian Succession

    The War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) involved nearly all the powers of Europe (except for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the... Read more

  • Seven Years' War

    The Seven Years' War was a major military conflict that lasted from 1756, as a result of the French and Indian War that erupted in North America in... Read more

  • France declares war on Britain in support of the American colonies

    France entered the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) in 1778, and assisted in the victory of the Americans seeking independence from Britain... Read more

  • Treaty of Paris

    The treaty document was signed at the Hôtel de York – which is now 56 Rue Jacob – by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay (representing the... Read more

  • Day of the Tiles

    The Day of the Tiles (French: Journée des Tuiles) is an event that took place in the French town of Grenoble on June 7, 1788. It was among the... Read more

  • Assembly of Vizille

    The Assembly of Vizille was the result of a meeting of various representatives in Grenoble, which took place on June 7th 1788. Its purpose was to... Read more

  • Reveillon riot

    The Réveillon Riot occurred on 28 April 1789 in the St. Antoine district of Paris where a factory which produced luxury wallpaper was owned by... Read more

  • Tennis Court Oath

    The Tennis Court Oath (French: serment du jeu de paume) was a pivotal event during the French Revolution. The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 out... Read more

  • National Constituent Assembly formed

    The National Constituent Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale constituante) was formed from the National Assembly on 9 July 1789, during the first... Read more

  • The storming of the Bastille

    The Storming of the Bastille, in Paris, was the flashpoint of the French Revolution and signified the fall of the monarchy and royal... Read more

  • The French National Guard is created

    The National Guard (French: la Garde nationale) was the name given at the time of the French Revolution to the militias formed in each city, in... Read more

  • The "Great Fear"

    The "Great Fear" (French: la Grande Peur) occurred from July 20 to August 5, 1789 in France at the start of the French Revolution. Rural unrest had... Read more

  • The August Decrees: Abolition of French Feudalism

    The next major event of the revolution occurred on 4 August 1789, when the National Constituent Assembly abolished feudalism, sweeping away both... Read more

  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen Approved

    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789 brought together two streams of thought: one springing from the Anglo-American tradition... Read more

  • The March on Versailles

    The March on Versailles, also known as The Bread March of Women, and The Women's March on Versailles, was an event in the French Revolution.... Read more

  • Civil Constitution of the Clergy

    The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (French: "Constitution civile du clergé") was a law passed on 12 July 1790 during the French Revolution, that... Read more

  • Day of Daggers

    The Day of Daggers or 'Day of Poignards' was an event during the French Revolution which occurred on 28 February 1791 when the Marquis de Lafayette... Read more

  • Flight to Varennes

    The Flight to Varennes ( 20-25 June 1791 ) was a significant episode in the French Revolution during which King Louis XVI of France and his... Read more

  • Declaration of Pillnitz

    The Declaration of Pillnitz on August 27, 1791, was a statement issued at the Castle of Pillnitz in Saxony (south of Dresden) by the Habsburg Holy... Read more

  • French Constitution of 1791

    The short-lived French Constitution of 1791 was the first written constitution of France. One of the basic precepts of the revolution was adopting... Read more

  • Legislative Assembly formed

    During the French Revolution, the Legislative Assembly was the legislature of France from October 1, 1791 to September 1792. It provided the focus... Read more

  • French Revolutionary Wars

    The French Revolutionary Wars were a series of major conflicts, from 1792 until 1802, fought between the French Revolutionary government and... Read more

  • The Guillotine is adopted as the Revolution's official means of execution

    The guillotine became infamous (and acquired its name) in France at the time of the French Revolution. The device derives its name from... Read more

  • "Battle Hymn of the Army of the Rhine" is composed by Rouget de Lisle

    "La Marseillaise" ("[The Song] of Marseille"; French pronunciation: [la maʁsɛˈjɛz]) is the national anthem of France. It is a song written and... Read more

  • Brunswick Manifesto

    The Brunswick Manifesto was a proclamation issued by Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, commander of the Allied Army (principally... Read more

  • France Abolishes Monarchy

    On the night of 10 August 1792, insurgents, supported by a new revolutionary Paris Commune, assailed the Tuileries. The royal family ended up... Read more

  • War in the Vendee

    The War in the Vendée (1793 to 1796) was a civil war and counterrevolution in the Vendée between suppressed Catholics and Royalists on the one hand... Read more

  • First Coalition

    The First Coalition (1793–1797) was the first major concerted effort of multiple European powers to contain Revolutionary France. It took shape... Read more

  • Battle of Neerwinden

    The Battle of Neerwinden took place on (18 March 1793) near the village of Neerwinden in present-day Belgium between the Austrians under Prince... Read more

  • Committee of Public Safety formed

    The Committee of Public Safety (French: Comité de salut public), created in April 1793 by the National Convention and then restructured July 1793,... Read more

  • The Reign of Terror

    The Reign of Terror (June, 1793 – July 27, 1794), also known as the The Terror (French: la Terreur) was a period of violence that occurred for one... Read more

  • "Levee en Masse" is declared in France

    The first modern use levée en masse occurred during the French Revolutionary Wars. Under the Ancien Régime, there had been some conscription (by... Read more

  • Law of Suspects

    The Law of Suspects is a term which is used to refer to an enactment passed on September 17, 1793 during the course of the French Revolution. It... Read more

  • Convention Passes the General Maximum

    General Maximum or The Law of the Maximum was a law created during the course of the French Revolution as an extension of the Law of Suspects on 29... Read more

  • Marie Antoinette Is Executed

    Marie Antoinette was declared guilty of treason in the early morning of 16 October, after two days of proceedings. The same day at 12:15 pm, two... Read more

  • The First Issue of Le Vieux Cordelier is Published

    During the French Revolution, Le Vieux Cordelier was a journal of which seven issues were published, between 5 December 1793 and 25 January 1794.... Read more

  • The White Terror

    The White Terror took place in 1794, during the period known as the Thermidorian Reaction, in the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. It was... Read more

  • The Last Edition of Jacques Hebert's Le Pere Duchesne is Produced

    Le Père Duchesne (Old Man Duchesne or Father Duchesne) was an extreme radical newspaper during the French Revolution, edited by Jacques Hébert, who... Read more

  • The National Convention Establishes the Cult of the Supreme Being

    The Cult of the Supreme Being (French: Culte de l'Être suprême) was a form of deism devised by Maximilien Robespierre, intended to become the state... Read more

  • Law of 22 Prairial

    Every citizen is empowered to seize conspirators and counterrevolutionaries, and to bring them before the magistrates. He is required to denounce... Read more

  • Battle of Fleurus

    In the Battle of Fleurus (26 June 1794) French forces under Jourdan defeated an Austrian army under Saxe-Cobourg in one of the most decisive... Read more

  • Thermidorian Reaction

    The Thermidorian Reaction was a revolt in the French Revolution against the excesses of the Reign of Terror. It was triggered by a vote of the... Read more

  • Peace of Basel

    The Peace of Basel of 1795 consists of three peace treaties involving France (represented by François de Barthélemy). France made peace with... Read more

  • French Constitution of 1795

    The Constitution of 22 August 1795 (also known as the Constitution of the Year III, or the Constitution of 5 Fructidor) was a national constitution... Read more

  • Battle of Lodi

    The Battle of Lodi was fought on May 10, 1796 between French forces under General Napoleon Bonaparte and an Austrian rear guard led by Karl... Read more

  • The Siege of Mantua

    On June 4, 1796, during the Napoleonic Wars, Mantua was besieged by Napoleon as a move against Austria, who joined the First Coalition. Austrian... Read more

  • Treaty of Leoben

    The Treaty of Leoben (also known as the Peace of Leoben) was signed on 17 April 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It was a preliminary accord that... Read more

  • Coup of 18 fructidor an V

    The Coup of 18 fructidor an V was a seizure of power under the Directory, on 4 September 1797. The three Directors, Barras, Rewbell and La... Read more

  • Treaty of Campo Formio

    The Treaty of Campo Formio or Peace of Campo Formio was signed on 17 October 1797 (26 Vendémiaire, Year VI of the French Republic) by Napoleon... Read more

  • Roman Republic Declared

    The Roman Republic (Italian: Repubblica Romana) was proclaimed on February 15, 1798 after Louis Alexandre Berthier, a general of Napoleon, had... Read more