From Wikipedia’s “French Revolution” (5 July 2006):
On July 14, 1789, after hours of combat, the insurgents seized the Bastille prison, killing the governor, Marquis Bernard de Launay, and several of his guards. Although the Parisians released only seven prisoners; four forgers, two lunatics, and a sexual offender, the Bastille served as a potent symbol of everything hated under the ancien rÃƒÂ©gime.
Posted on July 5th, 2006 by Scott Granneman
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