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.

King Louis XVI of France and his family were caught attempting to escape Paris during the Flight to Varennes.

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.