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22/02/1403
King Charles VII of France is born
29/07/1588
Off the coast of France, the English navy commanded by Sir Francis Drake defeats the Spanish Armada sent by King Philip II.
15/08/1769
Napoleon Bonaparte is born in Corsica.
21/11/1783
Jean Francois Pilatre and Francois Laurent become the first to complete a manned hot air balloon flight, they were airborne for 25 minutes and travelled five miles over Paris.
14/07/1789
The French Revolution begins with the Storming of the Bastille in Paris and the seven prisoners held are freed.
21/09/1792
The legislative assembly in France votes to abolish the monarchy.
24/06/1793
First republican constitution in France adopted
16/10/1793
French Queen Marie Antoinette is guillotined during the French Revolution.
08/11/1793
The French revolutionary government open a former royal palace, the Louvre, as an art gallery.
28/07/1794
French Revolution leader Maximilien de Robespierre is executed.
26/02/1802
French author Victor Hugo is born in Besancon
04/01/1809
French teacher of the blind and inventor of Braille Louis Braille is born
11/04/1814
Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates as emperor of France and is banished to the island of Elba
15/07/1815
Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort.
08/08/1815
Napoleon Bonaparte is sent into exile on St Helena.

 

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