Bastille Day: Le quatorze juillet
Today is Bastille Day, a public holiday in France that commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The Bastille was a medieval fortress in the center of Paris. Its fall, at the hands of revolutionaries, was an early flashpoint of the French Revolution and a serious blow to royal authority. Back on the first anniversary of the event in 1790, it was celebrated with naked running in the street – the ultimate expression of freedom.
Western Civilization 101
In case you slept through Western Civilization, this was the revolution that gave the western world the concepts of liberty, fraternity, equality and all those other important things. The French celebrate the day with a military parade and a blow-out fireworks show.
Your own Bastille Day Remembrance
Celebrate tonight with Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, the French Queen that loses her head in the Revolution. Yeah, she may have the worst accent accent in movie history, but this obligatory cultural activity makes for some good drama.