Happy Bastille Day!
The Bastille, built in 1379 under the rule of Charles V, is best known for its role in the French Revolution. In the 17th century, the Bastille became a state prison that held political prisoners. July 14, 1789, marks the Storming of the Bastille. On this day a crowd of revolutionaries captured the prison in a historic demonstration against the existing political order. The French first celebrated Bastille Day as a national holiday in 1880 to commemorate the event recognized as the beginning of the French Revolution.