What Happened in 1914

Significant Events

  • Mar 27 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)
  • May 25 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • Jun 28 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip at 10.45, the casus belli of WWI
  • Jul 28 Austria-Hungary decides against mediation and declares war on Serbia - first declaration of war of WWI
  • Aug 3 Germany invades Belgium & declares war on France in WW I
  • Aug 5 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 18 US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"
  • Sep 5 World War I: Battle of Marne begins, French and British forces prevent German advance on Paris (till the 12th Sept)
  • Sep 9 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • Sep 18 Irish Home Rule bill receives Royal assent
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line becomes the world's first scheduled airline

On March 22, 1914


World Leaders in 1914

Famous People in 1914

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 14 Danish "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen (28), pen name Isak Dinesen marries her 2nd cousin Baron Hans von Blixen-Finecke
  • Apr 20 Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear
  • May 7 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in The White House
  • Jun 24 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 13 British poet and novelist D. H. Lawrence (28) weds Frieda Weekley (34) after obtaining Frieda's divorce from her 1st husband
More Weddings & Divorces

Would You Believe?

The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo

On September 1, 1914