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Nov 11 Western European Countries & Possessions: Remembrance Day/Armistice Day
(Remembrance of those who serve and who have served in the military)
Canada European History World War I BBC
Nov 2 Israel: Balfour Declaration Day
(Commemorates the Balfour Declaration promising Palestine as a Jewish national home: 11/02/1917)
Balfour Declaration Great Britain World War I Hagshama
Oct 28 Czech Republic: Founding Day
(Observance commemorating the founding of the Czech Republic: 10/28/1918)
Czech Republic Austria Hungary World War I U.S. Embassy, Prague
Sep 28
1841
Georges Clemenceau (French Statesman; Premier of the Third Republic: 1917-20) Georges Clemenceau World War I
Oct 2
1847
Paul von Hindenburg (German Military Officer and President) Paul von Hindenburg World War I
Oct 2
1851
Ferdinand Foch (French Army General) French Military Leaders World War I
Dec 28
1856
Woodrow Wilson (Virginia-born 28th President of the United States) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Woodrow Wilson The American Presidency World War I
Sep 13
1860
John J. Pershing (Missouri-born Commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I) John J. Pershing World War I
Dec 13
1860
John J. Pershing (Missouri-born World War I Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe) John J. Pershing World War I
Jan 17
1863
David Lloyd George (Prime Minister of England: 1916-1922) English Political and Social Leaders World War I
Dec 18
1863
Francis Ferdinand (Austrian Archduke Whose Assassination Ignited World War I) Austrian Political and Social Leaders World War I
Dec 4
1865
Edith Cavell (English Nurse Martyred by the Germans in World War I) Edith Cavell Nursing: Medicine World War I
Jan 21
1867
Maxime Weygand (Belgian-born French General) Belgian Military Leaders French Military Leaders World War I World War II History Channel
Dec 3
1871
Newton Diehl Baker (West Virginia-born Secretary of War) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Department of Defense World War I West Virginia State Archives
Jan 26
1880
Douglas MacArthur (Arkansas-born American General) Douglas MacArthur World War II Korean War President Harry Truman
Dec 12
1880
William E. Eubank (Virginia-born U.S. Army Commander of West Virginia National Guard) Virginia Military Figures West Virginia Military Figures World War I World War II West Virginia State Archive
Nov 11
1885
George Patton (California-born General in the U.S. Army) George Patton World War I World War II
Jan 18
1888
Thomas Sopwith (English Engineer, Industrialist Who Developed and Manufactured the Sopwith Camel World War I Aircraft) English Scientists & Inventors Aviation History Peanuts World War I
Oct 8
1890
Eddie Rickenbacker (Ohio-born World War I Flying Ace, World Record Race Car Driver) Eddie Rickenbacker Automobile Racing Aviation World War I
Sep 24
1891
William F(rederick) Friedman (Russian Cryptologist) Russian Scientists & Mathematicians World War I World War II
Dec 24
1894
Georges-Marie Guynemer (French World War I Flying Ace) French Explorers and Aviators Aviation World War I
Oct 9
1895
Eugene Bullard (Georgia-born Aviator: First African-American Combat Pilot) Georgia Explorers and Aviators World War I Aviation Military History African-American Military Figures African American Registry
Aug 20
1896
Albert Ball (English World War I Flying Ace) English Military Leaders World War I Aviation Encyclopedia Britannica
Dec 4
1899
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (Idaho-born Native-American World War I Flying Ace) Gregory Pappy Boyington Natibve-American Heritage Aviation World War I

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Sep 1
1867
Lillian Wald (Ohio-born World War I Nurse, Anti-War Activist) Lillian Wald Medicine World War I
Oct 12
1915
Edith Cavell (English Nurse Executed by the German Army - Some Sources Indicate Oct 11) Germany Great Britain Edith Cavell World War I
Oct 15
1917
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (Dutch Exotic Dancer Known as Mata Hari: Executed in France for Spying) The Netherlands France War Crimes World War I History Channel
Nov 4
1918
Wilfred Owens (English Poet Killed in action One Week Prior to the End of WWI) Wilfred Owens Poetry World War I
Nov 24
1929
Georges Clemenceau (French Statesman; Twice Premier of France: 1906-1909, 1917-1919) Georges Clemenceau World War I
Oct 12
1946
Joseph Stilwell (Florida-born General, U.S. Army) Joseph Stilwell U.S. Military Leaders World War I World War II History Channel
Dec 10
1951
Edgar Tobin (Texas-born World War I Pilot, Businessman, and Philanthropist) Edgar Tobin World War I American Business Leaders
Nov 19
1979
Samuel M. Sampler (Texas-born Winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor) Texas Military Figures Congressional Medal of Honor World War I Texas State Historical Association
Jan 27
1989
Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith (English Aviation Pioneer) English Explorers and Aviators Aviation History Peanuts World War I Technology and Society

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Aug 19
1914
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) Lands in France French History British History World War I The HistoryNet
President Wilson Proclaims Neutrality to Keep U.S. Out of World War I President Woodrow Wilson World War I Brigham Young University
Aug 20
1914
German Forces Occupy Brussels, Belgium World War I Belgium Germany New York Times
Aug 21
1914
Battles of the Frontiers Are Fought Near Ardennes and Charleroi in Northern France France World War I The History Channel
Aug 26
1914
The German 8th Army Strikes the Advancing Russian 2nd Army at Tannenberg in East Prussia Russia Germany World War I History Channel
Aug 28
1914
British and German Ships in the North Sea Fight First Major Naval Battle of World War I Great Britain Germany World War I Naval Military History History Channel
Sep 5
1914
The Battle of the Marne Begins: 500,000 Will Die France Battle of the Marne Death History Channel
Sep 10
1914
Allied Forces Stop Germans: First Battle of Marne Ends World War I Nationmaster
Sep 24
1914
Germans Occupy St. Mihiel in Alsace-Lorraine Area Germany France World War I Humanities Web
Oct 9
1914
Germans Take Antwerp, Belgium After 12-day Siege Belgium Germany World War I Humanitas International
Oct 22
1914
Germans Capture the Flemish Town of Langemarck During the First Battle of Ypres Belgium Germany World War I History Channel
Nov 5
1914
Great Britain Annexes Cyprus and Announces a State of War with Turkey Cyprus Great Britain Turkey World War I Brigham Young University
Dec 8
1914
British Defeat Germans in the Battle of the Falkland Islands Great Britain Germany World War I History Channel
Dec 16
1914
Germans Bombard English Ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough England Germany World War I Aviation Military History Naval Military History World War I History Channel
Dec 20
1914
First Battle of Champagne Begins World War I History Channel
Dec 24
1914
A Christmas Truce Is Observed Between German and British Troops Fighting in Belgium Belgium Germany Great Britain World War I Christmas Writer's Almanac
Dec 25
1914
Troops from Both Sides Emerge from Their Trenches for a Christmas Truce Christmas World War I History Channel
Jan 14
1915
South African Troops Occupy the Seaside Town of Swakopmund in German Southwest Africa (Namibia) Namibia South Africa Germany World War I History Channel
Jan 19
1915
Two German Zeppelins Conduct the First Air Raid on England Great Britain Germany World War I Aviation History History Channel
Jan 24
1915
British and German Navies Battle at the Dogger Bank Great Britain Germany World War I Naval History History Channel
Jan 28
1915
German Military Sinks the U.S. Merchant Ship William P. Frye Off the Coast of Brazil Germany Brazil Naval History World War I History Channel
Jan 29
1915
German Lieutenant Erwin Rommel Leads Daring Mission in France France Erwin Rommel World War I History Channel
Jan 31
1915
Germans First Use Poison Gas Against Russians Germany Russia World War I Historic Firsts
Sep 25
1915
British Forces Attack German Positions at Loos, Belgium Belgium Great Britain Germany World War I History Channel
Oct 9
1915
Belgrade Falls to Austria-Hungary Belgrade, Serbia Austria Hungary World War I History Channel
Oct 12
1915
Germans Execute Edith Cavell, an English Nurse Germany Great Britain Edith Cavell World War I Death
Oct 15
1915
U.S. Banks Provide $5M War Loan to the British & French Great Britain France World War I Business & Economics History Channel
Oct 19
1915
Italy and Russia Declare War on Bulgaria Italy Russia Bulgaria War Brigham Young University
Oct 28
1915
In Delaware, Machinists Strike Wilmington's Shipbuilding Pusey and Jones Company, Demanding an 8-hour Day Wilmington, Delaware Labor Job Actions Naval History World War I Delaware
Oct 29
1915
Jane Addams Writes to President Woodrow Wilson About the Dangers of Preparing for War Jane Addams President Woodrow Wilson World War I History Channel
Nov 19
1915
British Pilot Earns the Victoria Cross for His Daring Rescue of a Fellow Airman Great Britain Aviation War History World War I History Channel
Dec 4
1915
Henry Ford Sets Sail for Europe in Attempt to Stop World War I Henry Ford World War I History Channel Michigan Historical Society (pdf)
Dec 5
1915
Siege of British-Occupied Kut, Mesopotamia (Modern Iraq) Begins Iraq Great Britain World War I History Channel
Dec 15
1915
Allied Forces Begin a Full Retreat from the Shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey Turkey Battle of the Gallipoli Peninsula History Channel
Dec 19
1915
Sir Douglas Haig Replaces Sir John French as Commander-in-Chief of British Forces British Military Leaders World War I History Channel
Dec 29
1915
French National Assembly Formally Cedes to Great Britain Land Holding the British War Cemeteries France Great Britain Death World War I History Channel
Jan 5
1916
First Military Conscription Bill in British History Is Introduced in the House of Commons Great Britain World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
Jan 8
1916
Allies Withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula The Battle of the Gallipoli Peninsula History Channel
Jan 11
1916
French Forces Occupy the Greek Island of Corfu Greece France World War I History Channel
Jan 13
1916
British Attack Turkish Positions on the Banks of Mesopotamia's Wadi River Iraq Turkey Great Britain World War I History Channel
Jan 16
1916
Austro-Hungarian Troops Take Control of the Balkan State of Montenegro World War I History Channel
Jan 27
1916
Woodrow Wilson Makes Three Speeches in New York to Generate Support for World War I New York City President Woodrow Wilson World War I National Endowment for the Humanities
Aug 27
1916
Romania Declares War on Austria-Hungary, Formally Entering World War I Romania Austria Hungary World War I History Channel
Aug 28
1916
Italy's Declaration of War Against Germany Takes Effect During World War I Germany Italy World War I New York Times
Sep 15
1916
British Deploy the First Tanks into Warfare at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette Great Britain World War I Historic Firsts First World War.com
Sep 17
1916
German Air Ace Manfred von Richthofen (the "Red Baron") Shoots Down His First Enemy Plane Manfred von Richthofen Aviation Military History Historic Firsts World War I History Channel
Oct 16
1916
British Soldier Henry Farr Is Executed for Cowardice Great Britain World War I Capital Punishment Death History Channel
Nov 17
1916
A 40-Man Detachment from the U.S. Infantry Arrives to Take Station at Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska World War I Alaska Historical Society
Nov 18
1916
British Forces Withdraw from the Stalemate at the Battle of Somme Great Britain Battle of Somme History Channel
Nov 28
1916
German Seaplane Conducts First Air Raid of Britain by a Fixed-winged Aircraft World War I Aviation History Historic Firsts British RAF
Dec 3
1916
General Robert Nivelle Replaces General Joseph-Jacques-CÉsaire Joffre as Commander in Chief of the French Forces French Military Figures World War I History Channel
Dec 7
1916
David Lloyd George Becomes Prime Minister of Britain British Political and Social Leaders World War I The History Channel
Dec 15
1916
French Capture 7,500 in Big Verdun Drive; Smash Six-Mile German Front France Germany World War I New York Times
Dec 18
1916
Battle of Verdun Ends: Nearly 1,000,000 Dead France World War I Library of Congress History Channel
Jan 22
1917
Woodrow Wilson Calls for "Peace without Victory" End to WWI Woodrow Wilson World War I New York Times
Jan 31
1917
Germany Announces Renewal of Unlimited Submarine Warfare in the Atlantic Germany World War I Submarines History Channel
Aug 23
1917
Houston, Texas Race Riots Result in Murders, Hangings and Prison Terms 1917 Houston Race Riot Human Rights/Civil Rights Racism World War I Handbook of Texas Online
Aug 27
1917
Poet and Author, John Peale Bishop, Enters the U.S. Army West Virginia Authors American Authors Poets World War I American Collection
Sep 2
1917
German Militarist Conservatives Formally Launch a New Political Party, the Vaterlandspartei or Fatherland Party German Political and Social Leaders World War I History Channel
Sep 5
1917
Iowa's First Men Are Inducted into the Military for World War I at Fort Dodge Fort Dodge, Iowa World War I State Historical Society of Iowa
In Response to Recent anti-Draft Activity, the "Drafted Men of Brown County, Minnesota" Pass a Resolution Supporting the U.S. Entry into the Great War Brown County, Minnesota World War I Minnesota Historical Society
Oct 6
1917
Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette Responds to Charges of Treason with a 3-Hour Defense of Free Speech in War Time Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution World War I Wisconsin Historical Society
Oct 15
1917
Secretary of War Newton D. Baker Appoints Emmett Scott AS Special Assistant to Help Reduce Racial Tension Texas Military Figures Racism U,S. Army World War I African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
French Execute Dutch-born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (Mata Hari) for Spying The Netherlands France World War I War Crimes Death History Channel
Oct 16
1917
Alabamian Kelley Ingram Is the First American Serviceman Killed in Action During World War I Alabama Military Figures World War I Death Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
Oct 21
1917
First Americans See Action on the Front Lines in France France World War I New York Times
Oct 24
1917
The Austro-German Army Routs the Italians at Caporetto, Italy Italy Germany Austria World War I LearningSite
Nov 2
1917
British Foreign Secretary Balfour Commits Palestine as a Jewish Homeland Balfour Declaration Great Britain World War I The History Channel
Nov 6
1917
Third Battle of Ypres Ends as Canadian Forces Take the Belgian Village of Passchendaele Beglium Canada World War I History Channel
Nov 7
1917
British Break the Turkish Defense at Gaza Great Britain Turkey World War I Spartacus
Nov 19
1917
U.S. Government Accepts a Bid to Build an Aviation Training Field Near Lonoke, Arkansas Lonoke, Arkansas Education Aviation History World War I Arkansas History Commission Arkansas Encyclopedia
Nov 20
1917
British First Use Tanks in Battle, and Break through German Lines at Cambrai Great Britain Germany World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
Nov 30
1917
Louise Olivereau Is Convicted for Encouraging Men to Avoid WWI Military Service WWI Law and Legal Resources History Link
Dec 2
1917
Russia Reaches Armistice with the Central Powers Russia World War I History Channel
Dec 4
1917
English Psychiatrist W.H. Rivers Presents First Report on the Phenomenon of "Shell Shock" English Scientists and Mathematicians Mental Health Psychology World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
Dec 6
1917
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, the French Warship Mont Blanc Collides with a Freighter, Killing 2000 People with 9000 Injured Canada France Naval History Death World War I History Channel
Dec 7
1917
The U.S. Declares War on Austria-Hungary Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I Spartacus
Dec 9
1917
Turkish Troops Surrender Jerusalem to British Troops Led by Viscount Allenby Turkey Great Britain World War I The History Channel
Dec 22
1917
Russian-German Peace Talks Begin at Brest-Litovsk Russia Germany World War I History Channel
Dec 26
1917
Woodrow Wilson Announces the Nationalization of Most U.S. Railroads under the Federal Possession and Control Act President Woodrow Wilson American Presidents Railroads World War I History Channel
Jan 2
1918
Wisconsin's 127th and 128th Infantries Depart Their Waco, Texas Training Camp for France Wisconsin Military Figures Waco, Texas World War I Wisconsin Historical Society
Jan 8
1918
Woodrow Wilson Proposes His Fourteen Points President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points World War I World History History Channel New York Times
Jan 20
1918
British Defeat Raid by German Battleships Goeben and Breslau on the Aegean Sea Great Britain Germany World War I Naval History History Channel
Jan 23
1918
First American Military Balloon Ascension Takes Place at Cuperly, Marne, France France Balloons World War I Historic Firsts NASA
Aug 28
1918
The First Unit of the 87th Division Trained at Camp Pike, Arkansas Arrives in France France Arkansas World War I Arkansas History Commission
Aug 29
1918
Delaware's 59th Infantry Leaves Hoboken, New Jersey for Brest, France France Georgetown, Delaware Hoboken, New Jersey World War I State of Delaware
Sep 4
1918
U.S. Troops Land in Russia to Help the British Provide Stability During the Russian Civil War Russia Great Britain World War II History Channel
Sep 5
1918
The National Anthem Is Sung for the First Time at a Sporting Event The National Anthem Sports World War I Historic Firsts New York Times
Sep 9
1918
The Keel Is Laid for the S.S. Aberdeen Aberdeen, Washington Naval Military History World War I HistoryLink
Sep 12
1918
General Pershing and the AEF Initiate the Saint-Mihiel Offensive France World War I Library of Congress
British Troops Retake Havincourt, Moeuvres, and Trescault World War I
Sep 14
1918
In Wisconsin, a Mob Surrounds the Home of Caroline Krueger When Her Three Sons Refuse to Enlist for Military Service in Europe Wisconsin World War I Wisconsin Historical Society
Sep 18
1918
British Forces Attack Germany's Forward Outposts Near the French Village of Epehy France Great Britain Germany World War I History Channel
Sep 24
1918
Bulgaria Seeks Ceasefire with the Allied Powers Bulgaria World War I History Channel
Sep 26
1918
John Dos Passos Is Inducted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps  John Dos Passos American Authors World War I American Collection
Sep 27
1918
Allied Troops Break through German Fortifications at the Hindenburg Line France Germany World War I PBS
Sep 29
1918
Allied Troops Break through Germany's Hindenburg Line The Hindenburg Line Australian War Memorial
Oct 1
1918
Max von Baden Takes Office as the New German Chancellor German Political and Social Leaders World War I History Channel
Combined Arab and British Forces Captures Damascus From the Turks Syria Turkey Great Britain World War I History Channel
War Parade and Rally Are Held in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia World War I University of Georgia
Oct 8
1918
Tennessee's Alvin C. York Almost Single-Handedly Captures & Kills 160 Germans Tennessee Military Figures World War I Brigham Young University History Channel
Oct 28
1918
Czech Independence Declared from Fallen Austria-Hungarian Empire Czech Republic Austria Hungary World War I U.S. Embassy, Prague
Oct 30
1918
Revolution Breaks Out in Vienna as German National Council Emerges as New Government Germany Austria World War I League of Nations
The Ottoman Empire Signs Treaty with Allies Turkey World War I History Channel League of Nations
Oct 31
1918
Armistice with Turkey Places Palestine under British Control Turkey Great Britain World War I Jewish Virtual Library
Nov 4
1918
Poet Wilfred Owens Is Killed in Action One Week Before the End of the War Wilfred Owens Poetry World War I Writer's Almanac
Nov 7
1918
Allied Commander, Marshal Foch, Gives German Delegation 34 Demands for Armistice World War I HistoryNet
Nov 11
1918
Allies and Germany Sign an Armistice Ending World War I World War I Armistice History of  Europe New York Times History Channel State of Michigan
Nov 12
1918
The Day After the Signing of the Armistice, a Squadron of British Warships Enter the Dardanelles Previously under Ottoman Rule Great Britain Turkey Naval Military History World War I History Channel
Atlanta, Georgia Celebrates the End of the War with a Parade Led by 300 Veterans Who Fought in Europe Atlanta, Georgia World War I University of Georgia
Nov 18
1918
Belgian Army Reoccupies Brussels after Four Years of German Occupation Belgium Germany World War I CNN
Nov 21
1918
Germany's High Seas Fleet Surrenders at Scotland's Firth of Forth in Scotland Germany Scotland Naval History World War I BBC
Nov 25
1918
Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck Surrenders His German Forces in East Africa Two Weeks After the Armistice Signing Africa Germany World War I History Channel
Dec 4
1918
President Woodrow Wilson Sets Sail for Versailles Peace Conference Woodrow Wilson Treaty of Versailles History Channel
Dec 13
1918
Woodrow Wilson Arrives in France for Peace Conference Woodrow Wilson World War I History Channel
Dec 27
1918
Volunteers and Members of the Polish People's Guard Take Up Arms Against Germans Occupying the Industrial City of Poznan Poland Germany World War I History Channel
Jan 12
1919
Leaders of Great Britain, France, Italy and U.S. Meet in Paris Paris Great Britain Italy President Woodrow Wilson World War I History Channel
Jan 18
1919
The World War I Peace Congress Opens in Versailles, France France Treat of Versailles World War I The History Channel
Jan 25
1919
Paris Peace Conference Delegates Approve Establishing a Commission on the League of Nations Paris World War I League of Nations History Channel
Sep 10
1919
Austria and the Allies Sign Treaty of St.-Germain-en-Laye Austria Historic World Documents World War I European History I Australasian Legal Information Institute
New York City Welcomes Home General Pershing & the U.S. Expeditionary Troops New York City John J. Pershing World War I History Channel New York Times
Sep 17
1919
The League of Nations Places German South West Africa (Namibia) under South African Administration Africa Namibia South Africa League of Nations World War I South African History
Nov 19
1919
The U.S. Senate Rejects the Treaty of Versailles U.S. Senate Treaty of Versailles World War I New York Times
Nov 27
1919
Bulgaria Signs the Neuilly-sur-Seine Peace Treaty with Allies Bulgaria World War I Brigham Young University
Dec 10
1919
The Nobel Prize for Peace Is Awarded to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson for His Work in Ending World War I and Creating the League of Nations Woodrow Wilson World War I League of Nations 1920 Nobel Peace Prize
Jan 23
1920
The Netherlands Refuses to Extradite Kaiser Wilhelm to the Allies The Netherlands German Political and Social Leaders World War I History Channel
Oct 24
1921
The First American Soldier Is Selected for the Tomb of the Unknowns World War I Death Tomb of the Unknown History Channel
Jan 13
1922
Allied Governments Agree to Temporarily Postpone Germany's Reparations Payments Germany World War I Economics Indiana University
Jan 10
1923
President Warren G. Harding Orders Return of U.S. Troops Occupying Germany Germany Warren G. Harding World War I History Channel
Dec 11
1930
Germany Bans the Film "All Quiet On The Western Front" Germany Nazi Germany Film World War I Internet Movie Database Theater History
Nov 30
1939
Almost 500,000 Soviet Troops Invade Finland Finland Soviet Union World War II History Channel
Dec 22
1941
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Arrives in Washington, D.C. for Talks with President Roosevelt Winston Churchill President Franklin Roosevelt World War II History Channel
Nov 11
1997
Georgia's World War I Monument Is Dedicated in Atlanta Georgia World War I University of Georgia

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