What Happened in 1914

Significant Events

  • Mar 27 1st successful non-direct blood transfusion is performed by Dr. Albert Hustin 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 and declares war on France, beginning World War I
  • Aug 18 US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"
  • Sep 6 World War I: First Battle of the 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
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1914 in Music

  • Jul 28 Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox
  • Sep 11 W. C. Handy "Father of the Blues" publishes his most famous composition "St Louis Blues"

Did You Know?

Legendary "Christmas Truce" takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football

On December 25, 1914


World Leaders in 1914

Famous People in 1914

Would You Believe?

"The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

On February 12, 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
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