On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1914

Historical Events

Historic Event

German Emperor Wilhelm II threatens war, orders Russia to demobilize

  • Oil discovered in Lake of Maracaibo

Famous Birthdays

  • Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1984)
  • Isolde Ahlgrimm, Austrian harpsichordist, fortepianist, early music and original instrument proponent, and teacher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • Jose Ignacio Domecq, Spanish wine maker, born in Jerez, Spain (d. 1997)
  • Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1983)
  • Raymond Aubrac, French resistance leader, born in Paris, France (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • A J Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité/Les Preuves), murdered=
1914 Highlights

About July 31, 1914

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 9 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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