On This Day

What Happened on July 26, 1914

Historical Events

  • 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium

Historic Event

First Lord of the Admiralty (British Minister of Navy) Winston Churchill orders British fleet to remain

  • For the next two days, the foreign ministries and leaders of major states work feverishly to avert war
  • Irish Volunteers unload a shipment of 1,500 rifles and 45,000 rounds of ammunition arrive from Germany aboard Erskine Childers' yacht the Asgard; British troops fire on jeering crowd on Bachelors Walk, Dublin, killing three citizens

Famous Birthdays

  • Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, born in Atkins, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer ("After Hours"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • Ralph Blane [Hunsecker], American songwriter ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"; "The Trolley Song"), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
1914 Highlights

About July 26, 1914

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 4 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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