The United States declares neutrality in the current war erruption happening in Europe.
America and Britian decide to still trade, despite the current blockade place upon Germany. This is leading America closer into the war.
As a result of bitter disagreements with President Woodrow Wilson over America's national defense strategies, Lindley M. Garrison resigns his position as the United States secretary of war.
President Woodrow Wilson proposes the Sussex Pledge to both Germany and Congress. The pledge states that passenger ships were to not be sunk without warning and merchant ships would not be sunk until the presence of weapons was established.
American's re-elect Woodrow Wilson as president with the slogan "He kept us out of the war."
Americans intercept a telegram sent by Alfred Zimmermann who's message outlines plans for an alliance between Germany and Mexico against the United States. According to the telegram, Germany would provide tactical support while Mexico would benefit by expanding into the American Southwest, retrieving territories that had once been part of Mexico.
The United States severs diplomatic ties with Germany after a U-Boat sinks the American grain ship Housatonic.
After enough tension with Germany's submarine warfare, the United States finally enters the war.
Also known as the draft, the Selective Service Act was created to increase the amount of men in the Army. The currently small army of about 145,000 men will increase to about 4,000,000 via the draft.
President Woodrow Wilson outlines an elaborate peace plan to the U.S. Congress containing Fourteen Points as the basis of its establishment with the last point creating a League of Nations.
American steps in to help fight the advancing Russian communisists.
On March 19, 1920, the United States Senate rejected the Treaty of Versallies for the second time, by a vote of 49-35, falling seven votes short of a two-thirds majority needed for approval.
Eight days after it had been ratified, the 19th ammendment was put into effect. The ammendment gave women the right to vote in all American states/territories.
Russia was experiencing massive unemployment, high inflation, food shortages. There were striking factory workers and competing revolutionary groups stirred up the people to the extent that thousands took to the streets of St. Petersburg, marching to Czar Nicholas' palace with a petition, signed by over 100,000, demanding free speech, and rights of workers
The assination of Archduke Ferdinand is what sends Austria into World War I.
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia after their refusal of Austria's ultimatium following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.
Austrian warships bombarded Belgrade, which is the capital of Serbia. This is what leads Russia into the war.
Because fo Austria's attack on Serbia, Russia immediately begins mobilizing their troops and Germany demands it to stop. This is Russia's big step into entering the war.
Germany offically declares war on Russia, which officially brings them into the war. In the meantime, France and Belgium begin full mobilization of troops.
Germany declares war on France, and invades neutral Belgium. Britain then sends an ultimatum to Germany, to withdraw from Belgium. The war is now becoming a World War.
Great Britain declares war on Germany. This declaration includes all of the countries of the British Empire including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire declares war on Russia. At the same time, French and Belgian troops invade the German colony of Togo in West Africa.
Fought between Russia and Germany, this was one of the first battles of World War I. The battle resulted in a German Victory and almost a complete distruction of the Russia Second Army.
The first ever air raid commanded by Britian which bombed the Zeppelin bases at Cologne and Düsseldorf are bombed. This battle shows the increasing use of aircraft in war.
Both the German and the British troops stopped all fighting on Christmas to exchange gifts, sing carols and even play a game of soccer together. This shows the importance of such holidays to these countries.
Germany declares that ships may be sunk without warning in the British Isles which is also declared as a war zone.
Britian declares a total blockade on Germany and prohibiting all shipping imports, including food.
A German U-Boat torpedoes the British passenger liner Lusitania off the Irish coast. President Woodrow Wilson becomes involved by sending diplomatic requests to Germany. America is slowly creeping into the war.
The liner "Arabic" (also known as white star) was torpedoed and sunk with Americans on board.
Germany stop sinking ships without warning them beforehand.
Germans sink the French ship Sussex without warning. Earlier Germany established the sinking of armed merchant ships but not passenger ships.
Known as the greatest Naval battle of World War I and was fought between Britian and Germany. This battle had many of the qualifications to be a British victory, yet the Germans won.
With Italy joining the war, the phrase of it being a "World War" or "The Great War" becomes more relevant.
Lloyd George becomes Britain's new Prime Minister. His new War Cabinet immediately begins to organize the country for "total war."
Czar Nicholas II is forced off the throne because of revolts and strikes that have broken out in St. Petersberg.
Also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, was another war fought between the British and the Germans. This battle that took place on the western front, was over control of the Belgian city of Ypres.
Was also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along the Western Front during World War I, beginning on March 21, 1918, which marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914. The Germans had realized that their only remaining chance of victory was to defeat the Allies before the overwhelming human and material resources of the United States could be deployed
Was an attempt by the British Royal Navy to neutralize the key Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge by sinking older British ships in the canal entrance to prevent German ships from leaving port.
The only remaining ally of Germany, Austria-Hungary, signs an armistice with Italy, leaving Germany alone in the war.
Monarchy in Germany ends when Kaiser Wilhelm II is dethroned in the November Revolution. Philipp Scheidemann proclaims the Weimar Republic from a window of the Reichstag.
German's sign an armistice stating that all fighting shall ceece at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day. Until that hour, both sides were rapidly firing, hoping to get the last shot.
A German delegation signs the Treaty of Versallies formally ending the war. Its 230 pages contain terms that have little in common with Wilson's Fourteen Points as the Germans had hoped.
On this day, Hitler had been named leader or fuhrer of Germany. This marks the beginning of a drastic change in Germany and for the rest of the world.