The French Revolution occurred from 1789 to 1799. It was a 10-year period of social and political unrest that affected the course of modern government forever, both in France and around the world. The French Revolution led to a global decline in monarchies and church led governments.
The date in which the French Revolution actually began varies based on opinion. The first act of defiance towards the monarchy occurred in May of 1789 when the Estates General convened in Versailles. The first physical act of revolution and rebellion actually occurred in July 1789 with the storming of the Bastille in Paris.