The Music Plays On — La Marseillaise

Today is Bastille Day, or Fête nationale, and like our Independence Day on July 4, July 14 marks and celebrates the revolutionary origins of France. On this day in 1789, revolutionary forces stormed the Bastille to free the remaining political prisoners still held in this famously expensive prison, as well as Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people, on July 14, 1790.