Today in World War One History
Sub-Topics: Battle on the Somme
Events 1 - 46 of 46
1912-11-25 - Socialist International rejects that world war is coming
1914-06-28 - Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip at 10.45 , the casus belli of World War I.
1914-07-28 - World War I began when Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
1914-08-05 - Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I
1914-08-06 - Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.
1914-08-16 - World War I: Battle of Cer begins.
1914-08-23 - Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
1914-09-08 - World War I: Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during the war.
1914-09-09 - World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.
1914-10-05 - World War I first aerial combat resulting in a kill.
1914-10-09 - German troops take Antwerp in World War I
1914-11-28 - World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.
1914-12-16 - World War I: German battleships under Franz Von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
1914-12-23 - World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
1915-03-05 - World War I: The LZ 33, a zeppelin, is damaged by enemy fire and stranded south of Ostend.
1915-04-18 - French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
1915-08-19 - World War I: the Battle of Van begins
1915-08-21 - Italy declares war on Turkey in World War One
1915-10-05 - Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
1916-01-08 - World War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli.
1916-08-02 - World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
Fighter Ace The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen) 1916-09-17 - World War I: Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
1916-12-06 - World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
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.
1917-03-11 - World War I: Baghdad falls to the Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
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, and 432 injuries.
1917-08-06 - World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
1917-10-15 - World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.
1917-10-26 - World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
1917-10-31 - World War I: Battle of Beersheba - "last successful cavalry charge in history"
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 Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
1918-03-07 - World War I: Finland forms an alliance with Germany.
1918-04-21 - World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France.
1918-07-20 - World War I: German troops cross the Marne.
1918-08-02 - Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
1918-09-26 - World War I: Battle of Meuse.
1918-10-01 - World War I: Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence (a/k/a "Lawrence of Arabia") capture Damascus.
1919-05-08 - Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day.
1919-07-19 - Following Peace Day celebrations marking the end of World War I, ex-servicemen rioted and burnt down Luton Town Hall.
1932-05-29 - World War I Veterans begin to assemble in Washington, DC in the Bonus Army 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 U.S. 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, DC, U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.
Birthdays 1 - 15 of 15
1849-03-19 - Alfred von Tirpitz, German World War I Admiral (d. 1930)
1885-03-14 - Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
1891-05-19 - Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
1892-05-02 - Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [The Red Baron], Breslau, German World War I fighter ace
1892-12-27 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (d. 1917)
1893-01-10 - Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)
1896-05-03 - Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917)
1896-06-07 - Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)
1897-02-18 - Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d.2005)
1897-04-07 - Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
1897-04-13 - Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)
Fighter Ace The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen) (1892-05-02) 1897-05-19 - Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
1899-03-10 - Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
1900-09-23 - Bill Stone, British serviceman; one of the last surviving veterans of World War I
1949-03-14 - Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author
Deaths 1 - 20 of 20
1915-05-19 - John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
1917-09-23 - Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
1917-12-28 - Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)
1918-05-19 - Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)
1918-08-10 - Erich Lowenhardt, Germany flying ace of World War I (b. 1897)
1926-03-16 - Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
1947-05-30 - Georg Ritter von Trapp, World War I Austrian submarine commander (b. 1880)
1956-09-11 - Billy Bishop, Canadian pilot in World War I (b. 1894)
2005-01-22 - Carlo Orelli, Italian veteran of World War I (b. 1894)
2005-11-21 - Alfred Anderson, last Scottish World War I (and Christmas Truce) veteran (b. 1896)
2008-03-12 - Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
2008-05-27 - Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
2008-08-22 - Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
2009-01-10 - William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
2009-07-18 - Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1896)
2009-07-25 - Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the Trenches in World War I, dies aged 111. (b. 1898)
2010-02-18 - John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
2011-02-27 - Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
2011-05-05 - Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
2012-02-04 - Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110