Saturday 14 July 2018

Happy Bastille Day!

Today is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille by the Paris mob on 14 July 1789.


  1. I've just googled what you say to a French person on the 14th of July for this
    Apparently it's Joyeux Quatorze Juillet, because The French aren't celebrating the storming of the Bastille. The holiday started in 1880 and commemorated a holiday in 1790. Apparently.
    Remember Google is your friend.

    1. Steve, I think partly right. The present holiday seems to wrap up the 1790 and 1792 celebrations into one and was as you say introduced in 1880. I guess they were economising on public holidays 😜