On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1914

Historical Events

  • 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio

Battle of Interest

Battle of Liège: first battle of WWI, massive German assault on forts around Belgium city of Liège led by Erich Ludendorff

  • Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina proclaim neutrality in WW I
  • Dutch Cort Van de Linden government issues silver bonds as money
  • Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I
  • US and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US
  • Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Anita Colby, American model, author and actress (Mary of Scotland, Cover Girl, Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • David Brian, American actor (Accused of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)
1914 Highlights

About August 5, 1914

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 3 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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