May 5: The Estates-General convenes at Versailles.
June 17: The third estate declares itself the National Assembly of France.
June 20: The members of the new Assembly swear to the socalled Tennis Court Oath.
June 27: The king requests that all three estates meet again and votes be counted individually rather than by group.
July 14: Paris’s Bastille fortress surrenders to an angry mob.
Late July: The so-called Great Fear spreads through the countryside, igniting widespread peasant unrest and violence.
August 4: Responding to the peasant uprisings, the nobles in the Assembly give up most of their feudal rights.
August 27: The Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.
October 2: Assembly leaders present the declaration to Louis for approval.
October 5–6: When Louis delays approval of the declaration, a crowd of Parisian women march to Versailles and demand that the royal family return with them to Paris.
June 20–24: Louis and his family attempt to escape France but are apprehended at Varennes.
October 1: The National Assembly having dissolved itself, the Legislative Assembly convenes its first session.
April 20: France declares war on Austria.
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