On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1914

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

Elmer Rice's play "On Trial" premieres in NYC

  • German army executes 150 Belgians by firing squad
  • German fleet bombs the English coast
  • Harris Theater (Candler, Coan & Harris) opens at 226 W 42nd St NYC

Historic Communication

In a message to the Senate, US President Woodrow Wilson urges the American people to be 'neutral in fact as well as name'


Famous Birthdays

  • Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • Lajos Baróti, Hungarian soccer defender (2 caps; Szegedi AK, Győri ETO) and manager (Hungary 1957-66, 75-78), born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 2005)

Famous Deaths

  • Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus, dies at 69
1914 Highlights

About August 19, 1914

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 3 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo