French Revolution too late in Dutch newspaper

This video from the USA is called History 1C: Modern Civilization 1750-Present, Lec 3, UCLA; about the French Revolution.

Dutch daily, the Leeuwarder Courant, published an article in 1789 about people storming the French royal prison, the Bastille in Paris. This is usually seen as the beginning of the French Revolution.

The Bastille was stormed on 14 July. However, the Leeuwarder Courant published about it, not on 14 July, and not on the next day, 15 July.

They wrote about it ten days later, on 25 July.

Translation of part of the Leeuwarder Courant article:

On Tuesday morning, after sunrise, a big crowd of people, some of them well-dressed, went to the Bastille. They conquered the city arsenal next to it. They took about 200,000 rifles from it. After that, and after many more people had joined the crowd, they attacked the Bastille. About 6pm, they conquered it. They had lost many people in this, because of a stratagem by the defenders, who had enticed some of the people to enter the Bastille. Then, the defenders violently killed the people who had entered with bullets. After that, the attackers hanged the [Bastille] governor and seven gunners.

AMONG the many transformations following the French revolution of 1789 was the introduction of the republican calendar. Its life span was a mere 12 years from 1793 onwards, though it made a brief reappearance in the days of the 1871 Paris Commune: here.

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