World War I

Events

German Emperor Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated, causing Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia

June 28, 1914

German Emperor Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated, causing Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia

Germany Declares War on Russia

August 1, 1914

Germany declares war on Russia

Germany Declares War on France

August 3, 1914

Germany declares war on France

Germany Invades Belgium, beginning WWI

August 4, 1914

Germany Invades Belgium, Beginning WWI

President Woodrow Wilson announces that the United States will remain neutral at this point in WWI

August 19, 1914

President Woodrow Wilson announces that the United States will remain neutral at this point in WWI

German forces fire shells filled with Chlorine Gas at Allied lines. This is the first time that large amounts of gas are used in battle

April 22, 1915

German forces fire shells filled with Chlorine Gas at Allied lines. This is the first time that large amounts of gas are used in battle

Lusitania sinks - Germany sinks a passenger ship "The Lusitania" killing 1,198 civilians, 128 Americans

May 7, 1915

Lusitania sinks - Germany sinks a passenger ship "The Lusitania" killing 1,198 civilians, 128 Americans

Selective Service Act creates draft

1917

Selective Service Act creates draft

Zimmerman Telegram - Author Zimmerman proposes that Mexico side with Germany in case of a war with the USA. Mexico declines Germany's promise to return land.

February 15, 1917

Zimmerman Telegram - Author Zimmerman proposes that Mexico side with Germany in case of a war between Germany and the USA. Mexico declines Germany's promise to return land in North America

Wilson for War - President Wilson outlines his case for War to Congress

April 2, 1917

Wilson for War - President Wilson outlines his case for War to Congress

US enters WWI - Congress authorizes declaration of War against Germany. US sides with France and Britain.

April 6, 1917

US enters WWI - Congress authorizes declaration of War against Germany. US sides with France and Britain.

Germany and Russia sign Peace Treaty giving Germany large amounts of land to attack the French, British and Americans from different angles

March 3, 1918

Germany and Russia sign Peace Treaty giving Germany large amounts of land to attack the French, British and Americans from different angles

German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates to the Netherlands

November 9, 1918

German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates to the Netherlands

Germany signs the Armistice at Compiegne, France. Fighting ends on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

November 11, 1918

Germany signs the Armistice at Compiegne, France. Fighting ends on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

The Treaty of Versailles officially ends the World War I

June 28, 1919

The Treaty of Versailles officially ends the World War I