- Elmer Rice' "On Trial" premieres in NYC
- German army executed 150 Belgians by firing squad
- German fleet bombs English coast
- Harris Theater (Candler, Coan & Harris) opens at 226 W 42nd St NYC
In a message to the Senate, US President Woodrow Wilson urges the American people to be 'neutral in fact as well as name'
- Fumio Hayasaka, composer
- Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
- Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1844)