Thursday, July 14, 2016

Happy Bastille Day, by the way

Celebrating the French Revolution

Thursday is Bastille Day, an annual national holiday for the French and their friends to commemorate the 1789 storming of the Paris fortress that started the country's revolution. 

On July 14 of that year, French soldiers rushed toward the prison and stood up against the royals controlling the nation, kickstarting a movement and ushering in an era of liberty, equality and fraternity.

“If there was ever a shot heard ’round the world,' it was when Parisians brought down the Bastille," Stanford University historian Dan Edelstein told TIME recently.

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