What Happened on August 4, 1914

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • German fleet under admiral Souchon fire on Algerian coast
  • US declares neutrality on the outbreak of WWI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

WWI: Field Marshal Lord Kitchener becomes British Minister of War after British declaration of war on Germany

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • WWI: German army shoots Belgian priests and burns down village of Battice
  • WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany
  • WWI: King Albert I becomes Supreme Commander of Belgian army after German declaration of war

Famous Birthdays

  • Rik Slabbinck, Flemish painter

Famous Deaths

  • Jules LemaĆ®tre, French critic and dramatist, dies at 61