On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 1914

Historical Events

  • Belgian government receives German ultimatum
  • German press falsely reports that French have bombed Nuremberg
  • German troops overthrow Luxembourg
  • Germany and Turkey sign secret treaty of alliance
  • Great Britain mobilizes
  • Postdam Conference ends
  • Russian troops invade Eastern Prussia

Famous Birthdays

  • Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), born in Old Westbury, New York (d. 2001)
  • Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), born in La Tuque, Québec, Canada (d. 1988)

Famous Deaths

  • Gabriel Édouard Xavier Dupont, French composer, dies of tuberculosis at 36
1914 Highlights

About August 2, 1914

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 4 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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