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What Happened in August 1914 (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • Aug 24 German troops occupy Namur, Belgium

Music Premiere

Aug 24 Jerome Kern & Michael E Rourles musical premieres in NYC

  • Aug 25 -26] Belgian offensive at Antwerp
  • Aug 25 German Zeppelins bomb Antwerp, Belgium, 10 die
  • Aug 25 German troops march into France and push French army to the Sedan
  • Aug 25 German troops in occupied Belgium begin the 6 week "Sack of Louvain," destroying historical buildings and killing hundreds of civilians
  • Aug 26 -9/10] Russian army attacks Austrian army in Galicia

Victory in Battle

Aug 26 Battle of Tannenberg begins (WWI): 8th German army defeats Russian Second army

  • Aug 27 Second day of Battle of Tannenberg (WWI): Germans bombard Usdau
  • Aug 27 US war reporter Richard H Davis visits Leuven
  • Aug 28 World War I: Third day of Battle of Tannenberg, near Allenstein, East Prussia (present-day Poland); violent German vs. Russian battles
  • Aug 28 World War I: Battle of Helgoland Bight (North Sea); British fleet decisively beats Germans, nearly 800 die, and over 200 wounded
  • Aug 28 World War I: British General John French orders civilian evacuation of Amiens, France as German forces push in from Belgium
  • Aug 29 4th day of Battle of Tannenberg (WWI): Russian Second Army panics, General Martos caught
  • Aug 29 Arizonian is 1st vessel to arrive in San Francisco via Panama Canal
  • Aug 29 Battle of St Quentin: French counter attack under General Lanrezac
  • Aug 29 New Zealand forces capture German Samoa
  • Aug 30 1st German plane bombs Paris, 2 killed
  • Aug 30 Battle of Tannenberg (WWI) in East Prussia ends in destruction of the Russian Second Army with 122,000-170,000 killed, injured or captured by the German 8th Army led by Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff
  • Aug 31 24.8 cm rainfall at Bloomingdale, Michigan (state record)
  • Aug 31 General von Kluck decides not to attack Paris
  • Aug 31 German troops reconquer Soldau/Neidenburg East-Prussia
  • Aug 31 Ecuador becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

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