On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 1914

Historical Events

  • Cavalry battle at Halen, Belgium ("Battle of the Silver Helmets")
  • France and Great Britain declare war on Austria-Hungary
  • German 16.5"/12" guns fires on forts round Liege
  • Russian troops take East-Prussia & occupy Marggrabowa

Famous Birthdays

  • Gerd Buchdahl, German philosopher (d. 2001)
  • Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • [Hendrik] Jan Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist (Parool)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJohn Philip Holland

John Philip Holland, submarine designer, dies at 74


1914 Highlights

About August 12, 1914

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 106 years, 3 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo