The firing of Jacques Necker sparks violent protests, culminating in the storming of the Bastille by the French people.
Maximilien Robespierre faces the same fate as the former French royals, ending the revolutionary Reign of Terror.
In the 1780s France was the richest nation on Earth. It also boasted an exploding national debt and an increasingly restless middle class. On July 14, 1789, a ragtag mob of Parisians stormed the fortress of the Bastille to seize the King's arms and ammunition. This set loose a decade of revolutionary ideals and a murderous cycle of carnage - the French Revolution, that would shake the very foundations of monarchy, destroy the last vestiges of feudalism, plant the seeds for modern politics, diplomacy and nationalism - and plunge an entire continent into endless warfare for a generation to come.
The Korean War was possibly the most important event since World War II - a war that never really ended, influencing international relations to this day. Despite millions of deaths and refugees, this war has been nearly forgotten. With the recent opening of archives in Russia, the US, China and South Korea, new historical material is now available, including colour films and hundreds of photographs, to rediscover a little-known conflict that shaped our world. Korea: The Never Ending War brings to light a new history of the event, plunging us into a critical turning point in world history. To understand the present situation, we need to revisit the past.
World War II was the sum of battles waged: strategies that succeeded or failed, changing the course of the war. Some were the result of careful planning leading to decisive victory, like the Allied assault on Rommel's forces at El Alamein. Others would defy carefully laid plans. From Pearl Harbor, where Japan's attack on US naval capacity instead galvanised America to join the war, to Okinawa, where the Allied victory came at such a cost they would turn to a new strategy in Japan, the atomic bomb. Each battle another domino tipping, leading the world inexorably towards victory or surrender.
Little more than 20 years after the guns fell silent, they roar back into life. Hitler annexes all of Czechoslovakia, Britain and France respond with promises to Poland and Stalin, and Hitler, with unexpected and pragmatic hypocrisy, signs a pact. Then, Hitler moves on Poland and the fighting starts in Europe. China and Japan are already fighting. The curtain goes up on what will become the world's first truly global and total war.