Firemen's Ball Ushers In France's Bastille Day

Monday, July 14, 2014

On this day in 1789, crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where the king kept his enemies. The monarchy was overthrown in a revolution.

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Peggy from New York

Loved the Fireman's Ball story! I particularly liked the clip of the boy trying to articulate what the significance of the celebration was; he said it was something about the Germans and the war. Eleanor Beardsley clarified that it's about the storming of the Bastille, setting off the French Revolution (1789). Oh well, there's lots of history in France.
Interestingly, your outro music played a rendition of Master of the House from Les Mis.
Les Mis isn't about the French Revolution either--it begins in 1815 and ends in 1832. Oh well, there's lots of history in France!
As always, thanks for the great program.

Jul. 14 2014 08:24 AM

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