On This Day

What Happened on August 3, 1914

Historical Events

  • 1st unofficial trip through the Panama Canal by the SS Christobel
  • Belgium rejects demand to allow free crossing for German Army leading to their invasion hours later
  • British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey famously remarks "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time."
  • French fleet sails to North Africa
  • German battle cruiser Goeben leaves Messina
  • Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I
  • NY Yankees catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 Tigers' runners to 2nd base during the 1st innings, only time in 20th Century
  • World Alliance for Promoting International Friendship through Churches forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Rik Slabbinck, Flemish painter, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1991)
1914 Highlights

About August 3, 1914

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 2 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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