What Actually Happened on Bastille Day, Anyway? 

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July 14 2014 10:44 AM

What Actually Happened on Bastille Day, Anyway?

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France's national day—celebrated today, July 14—celebrates a moment of violent populist heroics that should swell sympathetic pride in any American's heart.* If you've never quite been sure what Bastille Day is all about, here's everything you need to know about France's hard-won independence day.

*Correction, July 14, 2014: This post originally said Bastille Day is celebrated June 14.

Chris Wade is a video and podcast producer for Slate and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.