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7 Facts About Bastille Day

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7 Facts, About Bastille Day.
In France, July 14 is celebrated in commemoration
of the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789.
The event basically kicked off the subsequent
French Revolution which would topple
the French monarchy.
The event basically kicked off the subsequent
French Revolution which would topple
the French monarchy.
These seven facts will help put
the day into perspective.
1, The French don't refer to
the day as Bastille Day.
Instead, they refer to it as "the National Holiday"
or more informally, "14 July.".
2, The Bastille wasn't
originally a prison.
But Louis XVI used the fortress tower to lock
up people he perceived as enemies, including
the Marquis de Sade, a controversial French thinker. .
But Louis XVI used the fortress tower to lock
up people he perceived as enemies, including
the Marquis de Sade, a controversial French thinker. .
3, Bastille held less than
10 prisoners when it was stormed.
The symbolism of the storming
of Bastille was more impactful than
what the revolutionaries accomplished
by releasing a mere handful of prisoners.
4, The French almost chose a different
date for their National Holiday.
Like all important historical events, the storming of
Bastille was politicized. French lawmakers debated
different dates but finally settled on July 14.
5, Thomas Jefferson was living in
Paris when Bastille was stormed.
Jefferson was so impressed by the event that he
donated money to the families of the revolutionaries.
6, You can go to the
Louvre for free on Bastille Day.
The day does draw a large crowd, but who would
miss a chance to see the 'Mona Lisa' for free?.
7, Bastille Day is recognized
all over the world.
The colonial arm of France has
stretched into many parts of the world.
Some of these parts maintain French traditions
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