Profile of the Day: Maximilien de Robespierre
Today is Bastille Day in France! Bastille Day marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The event sparked the beginning of the French Revolution and the eventual fall and execution of King Louis XVI. One of the leading figures of the French Revolution was Maximilien de Robespierre, who played an instrumental role during the Reign of Terror, a period of great violence and political turmoil at the onset of the Revolution. Although this was a tumultuous period in French history, July 14 is celebrated as the symbol of the end of the monarchy’s tyranny over the people.