This Week in History
The Bastille Is Attacked In Paris
14 July 1789
French revolutionaries attack and overtake the most despised prison in France, "The Bastille".
In 1789, opponents of the French monarchy stormed "The Bastille", the most notorious prison in France at the time. This prison had long been seen as a symbol of the oppressive regime of King Louis XVI, and its fall is regarded as central to the French Revolution and the establishment of the First Republic. The event is celebrated every year in France on "Bastille Day", a national holiday.
despised (adjective): hated; treated with contempt
opponent (noun): person or group on the other side in a game or conflict
storm (verb): attack or go into an area very quickly and with great force
notorious (adjective): very well known (often used in a bad or negative sense)
establishment (noun): the forming of something new; founding
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