In July 1789 an angry mob stormed the prison, apparently not to release the seven inmates jailed at the time, but with the goal of getting a hold of the fort's cache of gunpowder and ammunition. The fort's commander actually opened the gates of the prison to prevent further bloodshed, but fighting broke out nonetheless and at least 100 people were killed.
Take a look at the celebration that took place on July 14, 1790. This etching, printed in the French tricolor of blue, white and red documents a "Bastille Ball." The print is now in the collection of the ,Washington, DC. https://goo.gl/BkFfuz The national party commemorated unity and peace, and the Storming of the Bastille become a potent symbol of liberation ever since. #France #FrenchRevolution #Bastille #BastilleDay #History #onthisday