Historical Events For Year 1914

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January 5, 1914

An eight-hour workday and a daily wage of $5 is announced by the Ford Motor Company. Read More

February 13, 1914

In order to protect copyrighted musical compositions, an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York City.

March 1, 1914

The Universal Postal Union is joined by the Republic of China.

March 27, 1914

The first successful non-direct blood transfusion is made by surgeon Albert Hustin using anticoagulants.
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April 22, 1914

Mexico and the United States end diplomatic relations for the time being. Read More

May 14, 1914

A Mother's Day proclamation is signed by Woodrow Wilson. Read More

May 29, 1914

1,012 people die when the RMS Empress of Ireland sinks in the St. Lawrence Gulf. Read More

June 28, 1914

The Archduke of Austria and his wife the Duchess, Franz and Sophie Ferdinand, are assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a teenager and Serbian nationalist.

July 11, 1914

Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Red Sox, later becoming a baseball legend.
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July 25, 1914

Diplomatic ties are severed between Austria-Hungary and Serbia and forces are mobilized by Austria-Hungary.

July 29, 1914

The new Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts opens, shortening the trip between New York and Boston by 66 miles while turning Cape Cod into an island.
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August 1, 1914

Following Russia's military mobilization in support of Serbia, war is declared on the Russian Empire by the German Empire and Germany begins mobilization.
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August 1, 1914

The New York Stock Exchange officially closes due to war in Europe. Read More

August 1, 1914

Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica is founded by Marcus Garvey.

August 2, 1914

Turkish neutrality in the war is secured by a secret treaty between Turkey and Germany. Read More

August 3, 1914

Germany declares war on France for being Russia's ally. Read More

August 5, 1914

Austria-Hungary is declared war on by the Kingdom of Montenegro. Read More

August 5, 1914

Belgium is declared war on by Germany in World War I. Read More

August 6, 1914

A declaration of war is made on Russia by Austria-Hungary during World War I.

August 15, 1914

The passage of the SS Ancon inaugurates the Panama Canal.

August 23, 1914

Japan declares war on Germany in World War I. Read More

September 5, 1914

The London Agreement of World War I ensures that no separate peace with the Central Powers can be sought by any of the members of the Triple Entente, being Britain, France, or Russia.
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September 7, 1914

Belgium is declared war on by Turkey in World War I. Read More

September 26, 1914

The Federal Trade Commission Act establishes the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

November 5, 1914

Britain and France declare war on Turkey in World War I.

November 16, 1914

The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens a year after being created by passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
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December 24, 1914

There is an unofficial and temporary truce between British and German soldiers for Christmas during World War I.
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