Historical Events in December 1914

  • Dec 2 Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia
  • Dec 3 Dutch army opens fire on interned Belgian soldiers: 8 killed

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Dec 4 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
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Walter Johnson
  • Dec 5 6th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats U of Toronto, 14-2
  • Dec 5 The Italian Parliament proclaims the neutrality of the country.
  • Dec 6 German troops over run Lodz
  • Dec 8 Battle of the Falkland Island: British Royal Navy destroys a German battle squadron

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Dec 8 Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

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Dec 8 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Dec 8 Boers rebelling against the British have recently suffered several defeats; today, one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidently drowns
  • Dec 10 French government returns to Paris
  • Dec 11 Stockton Street Tunnel (SF) completed
  • Dec 12 The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.
  • Dec 14 Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressist Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires.
  • Dec 15 Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow
  • Dec 15 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
  • Dec 15 Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
  • Dec 16 French offensive in Artois (Pétain)
  • Dec 16 World War I: German battleships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
  • Dec 17 Austrian troops beat Russians in Limanova Poland
  • Dec 17 Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
  • Dec 17 Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities
  • Dec 21 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin
  • Dec 21 2,800 African miners strike at the Van Rhyn Deep mines in a bid to redress some of their grievances
  • Dec 23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Dec 24 German plane drops bombs on Dover England
  • Dec 25 Legendary "Christmas Truce" takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football.
  • Dec 26 The US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, but this same day the German announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; this will weaken America's protest
  • Dec 28 Turks are repulsed by the Russians after fighting in Armenia for weeks
  • Dec 31 Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000
  • Dec 31 As the year ends, the world finds itself engulfed in a war that would have seemed like and unimaginable nightmare only six months before