For John, BLUF: That would be 1789. That was the year that George Washington was sworn in as President and John Adams as Vice President. It was also the year Fletcher Christian lead the mutiny on HMS BOUNTY. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Happy Bastille Day.
Yes, this is sort of like our Fourth of July. But not quite. The storming of the Bastille, a prison in Paris, led to the freeing of seven prisoners.♠ More important, it provided the people of Paris with arms, and more important still, with ammunition.
Note the importance of the Second Amendment in this action, before there was a Second Amendment on paper.♥
But, back to the French, the Revolution lead to Napoleon Bonaparte, not to a French George Washington. Sad for France and sad for Europe.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The crowd missed the transfer of the Comte de Solages (the Marquis de Sade) by ten days. On the 2nd of July he tried to foment a riot by shouting to the crowd outside that the Government was killing the prisoners. On the 4th of July he was transferred out.
♥ Although inherent in the words of the Declaration of Independence.