The morning of the 14th July 1789 saw the beginning of the French Revolution when Parisian revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, a large fortress, prison and ammunition store that symbolised everything that was wrong with the monarchy.
The Deputies of the French Third Estate swore not to separate until a written constitution had been established for the country.
France and the United States signed the first two treaties ever negotiated by the American government, and which formally recognised the independence of the United States.
The blade fell at 10.22am, after which it is reported that a number of members of the public rushed forward to dip their handkerchiefs in Louis’ blood.
On the 21st January 1793, former French King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine at the Place de la Revolution in Paris.