World War I

1914

  • June 28 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated in Sarajevo.
  • July 28 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.
  • August 1 - Germany declares war on Russia.
  • August 3 - Germany declares war on France.
  • August 4 - Great Britain declares war on Germany.
  • August 4 - Germany invades neutral Belgium.
  • August 26-30 - Battle of Tannenberg.
  • August - Battle of Togoland.
  • August - The Pursuit of the Goeben and the Breslau.
  • September - First Battle of Aisne.
  • September - Battle of Lemberg.
  • September 5-10 - First Battle of the Marne.
  • October-November - First Battle of Ypres.
  • November - Battle of Lodz.
  • December 25 - Unofficial Christmas Truce on the Western Front.

1915

  • January 19 - First German zeppelin air raid on England.
  • February 4 - Any ship approaching Britain is considered a legitimate target as Germany declares a submarine blockade of England.
  • February - Battle of Masuria.
  • March - Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.
  • March-December - Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert.
  • April 22-May 5 - Second Battle of Ypres. First use of chemical weapons.
  • April 23 - Allied assault on Gallipoli.
  • May 7 - Lusitania sunk.
  • May - Battle of Gorlice-Tarnow.
  • August 30 - Responding to American demands, Germany stops sinking ships without warning.
  • September 5 - Tsar Nicholas commander of Russian armies.
  • September-October - Battle of Artois & Champagne.
  • September-October - Battle of Loos.
  • December 7 - David Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister of Britain.
  • December 28 - Allied withdrawal from Gallipoli.
  • December-April, 1916 - Siege of Kut.

1916

  • February 21-December 18 - Battle of Verdun.
  • May-June - Trentino Offensive.
  • May 31 - Battle of Jutland.
  • June 4 - The Brusilov Offensive.
  • July 1-November 18 - Battle of the Somme.
  • November 7 - Woodrow Wilson re-elected.
  • December 31 - Rasputin murdered.

1917

  • February 1 - Unrestricted submarine warfare declared by Germany, again.
  • February 24 - The Sinking of the Laconia.
  • March 15 - Tsar Nicholas abdicates.
  • March-September - Russia collapses.
  • April 6 - United States declares war on Germany.
  • April 16-29 - Chemin des Dames Offensive.
  • April - Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge.
  • April - Nivelle Offensive.
  • June - Battle of Messines.
  • July 6 - Aquaba captured by Arabs led by T.E.Lawrence.
  • July 16-November 10 - Third Battle of Ypres.
  • August 6 - Aleksander Fyodorovich Kerensky appointed Prime Minister of Russia.
  • October - Battle of Caporetto.
  • November 7 - Kerensky's government overthrown by Bolsheviks.
  • November 10 - British reach Passchendaele.
  • November - Battle of Cambrai.
  • December 3 - German-Russian armistice.
  • December 9 - Jerusalem captured by British.

1918

  • January 8 - President Wilson presents 14-point plan.
  • March-June - Ludendorff Offensive.
  • April - Zeebruggge Raid.
  • June-July - Piave Offensive.
  • July 16-17 - Bolsheviks murder Tsar Nicholas and his family.
  • August 8 - Allied counter-offensives on the Somme.
  • September 29 - Allies break through the Hindenberg Line.
  • September-October - Battle of Megiddo.
  • September - St. Mihiel Offensive.
  • September-November - Battle of Meuse-Argonne.
  • October 28 - German sailors mutiny.
  • November 9 - Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates.
  • November 10 - German republic founded.
  • November 11 - Armistice signed.

1919

  • June 28 - Treaty of Versailles signed.

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