On This Day

What Happened on August 6, 1914

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I
  • WWI: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia
  • WWI: French cavalry enters Belgium
  • WWI: German Zeppelin bombs Liege, 9 killed
  • WWI: Serbia declares war against Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1980)
  • Susan Cowdy, ornithologist

Famous Deaths

  • Ellen Axson Wilson, US 1st Lady (1913-14), dies during Woodrow Wilson's 1st term of Bright's Disease at 54