On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1914

Historical Events


MurderMurder of Interest

A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dinant, Belgium, destroyed by German bombs. Lt Charles de Gaulle (24), injured

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • International Lawn Tennis Challenge, NYC, New York: Norman Brookes beats American Dick Norris Williams 6-1, 6-2, 8-10, 6-3 to give Australasia unassailable 3-1 lead; win 3-2
  • Japan joins side of allies
  • Panama Canal opens (under cost) with the SS Ancon making the 1st official steamship through the canal
  • The first large public gathering of Boers in South Africa who do not want to support Britain in a war against Germany; British authorities will try to repress this movement, but discontent spreads

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, in a letter to J P Morgan, Jr., declares that loans to any of the belligerents go against US neutrality

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
US Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan

Famous Birthdays

  • Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Baba yaga), dies at 59
1914 Highlights

About August 15, 1914

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 106 years, 2 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo