22 February 1787
Meeting of the Assembly of Notables.
Refusal of Parlement of Paris to register royal reforms; exile of members of Parlements.
8 May 1788
Lamoignon's reforms seeking to reduce powers of Parlements.
7 June 1788
'Day of the tiles' at Grenoble.
8 August 1788
Estates-General convened for 1 May 1789.
27 December 1788
Royal Council decrees doubling of the number of Third Estates representatives.
Sieyès publishes Qu'est-ce que le Tiers État?
Elections to the Estates-General.
5 May 1789
Opening of the Estates-General at Versailles.
17 June 1789
Declaration by Third Estate of the 'National Assembly'.
20 June 1789
Tennis Court Oath.
23 June 1789
King's Declaration concerning the Estates-General.
27 June 1789
King orders all orders to join the National Assembly.
11 July 1789
Dismissal of Necker.
14 July 1789
Insurrection captures the Bastille.
Late July-early August 1789
Provincial revolutions, peasant revolts, Great Fear.
4-11 August 1789
The August Decrees on feudalism.
10 August 1789
Decree establishing National Guards.
27 August 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.
11 September 1789
National Assembly grants suspensive, rather than absolute, veto to king.
5-6 October 1789
March of the Parisian women on Versailles; royal family brought back to Paris.
2 November 1789
Church property placed at the disposal of the nation.