July 14, 1789 – Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.
The prison only contained seven prisoners at the time, but was used as a symbol of the abuses of the monarchy. This led to the eventual fall of the French government and the starting point of the French Revolution.
Today, every July 14 is known as Bastille Day in France, and is similar to the American's Fourth of July. French people attend a military parade and often fireworks shows. Many other counties also hold Bastille Day celebrations in communities where French immigrants populations are large.
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