The twelve months of 1914 has been most noteworthy for the events that led up to The First World War in the initial half of the year and then in the second half of the year the spreading and increasing battles of World War 1. Everthing began with the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria who had been heir to the Austrian throne by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. During the next six months several other events and hostilities happened bringing about Austria-Hungary announcing war on Serbia by sending them a telegram on July 28th starting World War I. On the 1st of August, the German Empire declared war on the Russian Empire following Russia’s armed service mobilization in support of Serbia. Germany furthermore starts mobilisation. France furthermore ordered a general mobilisation. Not much later Germany announced war on Belgium as well as the Kingdom of Montenegro declared war on Austria-Hungary. The very next day Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia. Next it was the UK’s turn to officially announce war on Austria-Hungary. On August 23, Japan proclaimed war on Germany. In October Canada send 25 0000 troops to Europe to aid the allies. On November 5th, Britain and France declare war on Turkey. Different campaigns and fights carry on over the remainder of the year of 1914.

Most of these happenings of World War 1 overshadowed plenty of different things that took place in 1914, but some of them were still fairly important. On the seas, the ocean ship which will turn into HMHS Britannic, sibling to the RMS Titanic, is released at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast on February 26th. On May 30th, the ocean boat RMS Aquitania makes her first voyage and on July 11 the USS Nevada, that is the USA Navy’s first “dreadnought” battleship, is unveiled. Nevertheless, on May 29, the ocean ship RMS Empress from Ireland sinks in the Gulf of Saint. Lawrence with the loss of 1012 lives. In the sky, there was the start of the first air carrier to supply a timetabled and frequent commercial passenger service using heavier-than-air airplanes. The plane was on the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat course.

Other noteworthy incidents of 1914 are that on February 12th, in Washington, D.C. building began on the Lincoln Memorial as being the first rock is put in place. On February 13th, in New York City, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers gets established. This has been important because it was the initial step along the way to safeguard the copyrighted music compositions of their members as well as the start of the laws of copyright. Baseball superstar Babe Ruth makes his major league first appearance on July 11 playing with the Boston Red Sox. On September 3, Pope Benedict XV (Giacomo Chiesa) succeeds Pope Pius X becoming the 258th pope. On, December 5, The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition by Sir Ernest Shackleton commences so that they can make the initial land crossing of Antarctica. The journey didn’t accomplish this aim, however it has grown to be identified instead as an epic and phenomenal accomplishment of stamina.


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