The History of War (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 702

  • 1916-12-06 World War I: The Central Powers under General Mackensen capture Bucharest

Historic Event

1916-12-11 David Lloyd George forms British war government

  • 1916-12-23 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula
  • 1917-01-09 World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.

Historic Event

1917-04-02 US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

  • 1917-04-06 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • 1917-06-13 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children with 432 injuries
  • 1917-08-06 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins
  • 1917-08-14 China declares war on Germany & Austria
  • 1917-08-17 Italy declares war on Turkey


1917-10-15 Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

  • 1917-10-26 World War I: Brazil declares it is in a state of war with the Central Powers
  • 1917-10-31 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine - "last successful cavalry charge in history" performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse
  • 1917-12-07 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
  • 1917-12-15 World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers

Historic Event

1918-01-26 Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for "wheatless" & "meatless" days for war effort

  • 1918-03-07 World War I: Finland forms an alliance with Germany

Battle of Interest

1918-04-21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill

  • 1918-05-15 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6
  • 1918-05-15 The Finnish Civil War ends
  • 1918-07-19 Washington Senators catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for draft deferment; Secretary of War, Newton D Baker rules baseball players not draft exempt but later moves date to 1 September; both leagues end regular season 2 September
  • 1918-08-02 Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I
  • 1918-08-17 Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000

Victory in Battle

1918-10-01 World War I: Combined Arab and British force under the Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence captures Damascus from the Turks

  • 1919-02-14 The Polish-Soviet War begins.
  • 1919-05-03 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
  • 1919-05-17 UK War Department orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes

Historic Event

1919-05-19 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Black Sea coast, beginning the Turkish War of Independence

  • 1919-06-06 Finland declares war on bolsheviks
  • 1919-07-19 Following Peace Day celebrations marking the end of World War I, ex-servicemen rioted and burnt down Luton Town Hall.

Sports History

1920-05-18 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War (regarded as greatest racehorse of all time) defeats Upset by 1+1⁄2 lengths in 1:51.6

  • 1920-06-12 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins by massive 20 lengths in world record 2:14.2
  • 1920-11-28 Kilmichael Ambush, Battle of the Irish War of Independence.
  • 1922-10-06 The great powers of the first world war withdraw from Istanbul
  • 1922-12-15 IVVV (association) peace congress on war forms in Hague
  • 1924-09-03 Civil war breaks out in China (Gen Tsi moves to Shanghai)
  • 1924-11-10 Dion O'Banion, leader of the North Side Gang is assassinated in his flower shop by members of Johnny Torrio's gang, sparking the bloody gang war of the 1920s in Chicago.
  • 1925-02-26 Jihad against Turkish government
  • 1925-07-20 Beirut sultan Pasja al-Atrasj calls Druzen for holy war against France
  • 1925-08-18 Belgium & US sign treaty about war debts
  • 1925-11-12 US & Italy sign peace accord about war debts
  • 1926-02-25 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government and warlords
  • 1927-07-16 Augusto César Sandino begins 5½ year war against US occupation of Nicaragua
  • 1927-07-24 The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres

Historic Event

1929-04-08 Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest

  • 1929-05-19 Chinese warlord Feng Yuxiang declares war on Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist government
  • 1931-09-10 Lord Cecil of British government says War was never so improbable
  • 1931-09-28 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking
  • 1932-02-04 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • 1932-05-29 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945
  • 1932-06-17 Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the US Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits
  • 1932-07-20 In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House
  • 1932-07-29 Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans
  • 1932-08-27 International anti-war congress opens in Amsterdam
  • 1932-08-29 International Anti-War Committee forms in Amsterdam
  • 1933-05-10 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
  • 1934-02-12 The four-day February Uprising, sometimes called the Austrian Civil War, begins.
  • 1934-02-16 Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund
  • 1935-06-12 Weapons pact ends 3 year war of Gran Chaco (Bolivia vs Paraguay)
  • 1935-06-14 Chaco War between Bolivia & Paraguay ends

Historic Event

1936-07-18 Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco issues manifesto and leads an uprising in the Spanish army stationed in Morocco

  • 1936-12-12 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan
  • 1937-05-08 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • 1937-05-15 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4
  • 1937-06-05 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6
  • 1937-08-14 China declares war on Japan
  • 1938-06-17 Japan declares war on China
  • 1938-09-28 Dutch Prime Minister Hendrikus Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"
  • 1938-11-01 Seabiscuit, with George Woolf aboard, beats 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral by 3 lengths in Pimlico track record time to win $15,000 in what is regarded as one of the greatest match races in horse racing history
  • 1939-03-17 Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out (Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945)
  • 1939-03-28 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to the Nationalists headed by Francisco Franco
  • 1939-04-01 US recognizes Francisco Franco's government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war. Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain
  • 1939-09-01 Switzerland mobilizes its forces and the Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Army (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization)
  • 1939-09-03 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
  • 1939-09-06 South Africa declares war on Nazi-Germany
  • 1939-09-06 World War II: The Battle of Barking Creek.

Historic Event

1939-09-08 FDR declares "limited national emergency" due to war in Europe

  • 1939-09-11 Iraq and Saudi Arabia declare war on Nazi Germany

Historic Event

1939-10-06 Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France and Britain

  • 1939-10-06 Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.
  • 1939-11-06 World War II: 'Sonderaktion Krakau' - a Nazi operation against academics, with 184 professors arrested in Krakow and deported

Historic Event

1939-12-24 World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.

  • 1940-01-12 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • 1940-02-29 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations

Agreement of Interest

1940-03-18 Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler meet at Brenner Pass where the Italian dictator agrees he will, in due course, join Germany's impending war effort in the west

  • 1940-04-22 Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
  • 1940-05-10 World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent
  • 1940-05-27 World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops
  • 1940-06-10 Canada declares war on Italy
  • 1940-06-10 Italy declares war on France and Great Britain as part of its Axis alliance with Nazi Germany
  • 1940-06-11 Italy declares war on Allies
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta
  • 1940-06-17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
  • 1940-08-07 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • 1940-10-07 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1940-10-29 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson draws the 1st number - #158 - in the 1st peacetime military draft in US history
  • 1940-11-16 World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1940-11-20 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers

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