On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris were massed outside of the Bastille, a stone prison. Finally, the people marched in to retrieve guns and gunpowder. The guards not knowing what to do, fired on the people. In the end about a hundred people were shot and killed, but the huge crowd had taken over the troops. The people killed the commander and the mayor and stuck their heads on a pole and paraded in the streets of Paris. Word of the rebellion quickly reached the rest of the country. This day was the first of the major events in the French Revolution.