World War I
Start of the War
Tuesday, July 28th 1914 at 12:45pm
Germany, Austria-Hungary, Britain, France, Russia
The war began on July 28, 1914, between Germany and Austria-Hungary, who fought against the combined forces of Britain, France, and Russia. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand was the Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and heir to the thrown before his assassination, the event that started WWI.
Sinking of the Lusitania
Friday, May 7th 1915 at 9pm
Old Head of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland
America remained neutral throughout the war up to this point. German U-Boats sunk the ocean liner, The Lusitania, in international waters, off the coast of Old Head of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland. 128 Americans aboard were killed, although the US did not join the war at first, this was the final straw before joining the war.
America Joins the War
Thursday, April 6th 2017 at 9pm
The US finally broke their neutrality and joined the war. By joining the war Wilson said he was “make the world safe for democracy.”
The War Ends
Monday, Nov. 11th 1918 at 11:15am
When America joined the war the scales tipped in the Allied Power's favor. Germany surrendered and the war was won.
Treaty of Versailles
Saturday, June 28th 1919 at 9pm
The Central Powers and Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, the most important peace treaty of the war. It took 6 months to complete the treaty but it ended fighting, established a League of Nations, designated the blame for the war on Germany, and redrew the boundaries of the countries involved.