Today in World War One History

World War One: Battle on the Somme

Historical Events

  • 1912-11-25 Socialist International rejects that world war is coming

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1914-06-28 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip at 10.45, the casus belli of WWI

Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand
Archduke of Austria
Franz Ferdinand
  • 1914-08-05 Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I
  • 1914-08-06 Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.
  • 1914-08-16 World War I: Battle of Cer begins.
  • 1914-08-23 Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
  • 1914-09-08 Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during WW1
  • 1914-09-09 World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.
  • 1914-10-05 World War I first aerial combat resulting in a kill.
  • 1914-10-09 German troops take Antwerp in World War I
  • 1914-11-28 World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.
  • 1914-12-16 World War I: German battleships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
  • 1914-12-23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1915-03-05 World War I: The LZ 33, a zeppelin, is damaged by enemy fire and stranded south of Ostend.
  • 1915-04-18 French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1915-08-19 World War I: the Battle of Van begins
  • 1915-08-21 Italy declares war on Turkey in World War One
  • 1915-10-05 Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
  • 1916-01-08 WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople
  • 1916-08-02 World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.

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1916-09-17 World War I: Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.

  • 1916-12-06 World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
  • 1916-12-23 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
  • 1917-01-09 World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
  • 1917-04-06 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • 1917-06-13 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.
  • 1917-08-06 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.

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1917-10-15 World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1917-10-26 World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
  • 1917-10-31 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine- "last successful cavalry charge in history"
  • 1917-12-07 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
  • 1917-12-15 World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • 1918-03-07 World War I: Finland forms an alliance with Germany.
  • 1918-04-21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen, known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. Canadian pilot Captain Arthur Roy Brown was credited with the kill.
  • 1918-08-02 Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1918-09-26 WW I: Battle of Meuse.

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1918-10-01 World War I: Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") capture Damascus

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1919-05-08 Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day.
  • 1919-07-19 Following Peace Day celebrations marking the end of World War I, ex-servicemen rioted and burnt down Luton Town Hall.
  • 1932-05-29 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. in to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  • 1932-06-17 Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
  • 1932-07-20 In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House.
  • 1932-07-29 Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1849-03-19 Alfred von Tirpitz, German World War I Admiral (d. 1930)
  • 1885-03-14 Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1891-05-19 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)

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1892-05-02 Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [The Red Baron], Breslau, German World War I fighter ace

  • 1892-12-27 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (d. 1917)
  • 1893-01-10 Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)
  • 1896-05-03 Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917)
  • 1896-06-07 Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)
  • 1897-02-18 Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d.2005)
  • 1897-04-07 Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
  • 1897-04-13 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)
  • 1897-05-19 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1899-03-10 Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
  • 1900-09-23 Bill Stone, British serviceman; one of the last surviving veterans of World War I
  • 1949-03-14 Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author

Famous Deaths

  • 1915-05-19 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 1917-09-23 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  • 1917-12-28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
  • 1918-05-19 Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)
  • 1918-08-10 Erich Lowenhardt, Germany flying ace of World War I (b. 1897)
  • 1926-03-16 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • 1947-05-30 Georg Johannes, Ritter von Trapp World War I Austrian submarine commander (b. 1880); inspiration for "The Sound of Music"

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1956-09-11 Billy Bishop, Canadian pilot in World War I (b. 1894)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 2005-01-22 Carlo Orelli, Italian veteran of World War I (b. 1894)
  • 2005-11-21 Alfred Anderson, last Scottish World War I (and Christmas Truce) veteran (b. 1896)
  • 2008-03-12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • 2008-05-27 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 2008-08-22 Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • 2009-01-10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 2009-07-18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1896)
  • 2009-07-25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • 2010-02-18 John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
  • 2011-02-27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2011-05-05 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2012-02-04 Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110