July 14th, 1789.
Citizens of Paris stormed and destroyed a prison fortress known as the Bastille. The event became known as the Storming of the Bastille. On that eventful morning, the prison contained just seven inmates excluding the infamous Marquis de Sade who had been transferred to another prison earlier in the month.
Today is a public holiday in France simply known as Le quatorze Juillet (14th July) which we simply call Bastille Day in English. Happy Bastille Day, not only to the French but to Francophiles everywhere.
“Liberty Leading the People,” by Eugène Delacroix.
Top 10 facts about the Bastille via express.co
5. One of the lunatics was an Anglo-Irish man named De Witt (or Whyte) who variously believed that he was either Julius Caesar, St. Louis, or God.
9. It can still be seen at the Washington mansion at Mount Vernon.
10. Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett on Bastille Day 1881.