Germany followed a strategy known as the Schlieffen Plan. This called for a holding action against Russia, combined with a quick drive through Belgium to Paris
British liner Lusitania
Britian's Luistania sank off the southern coast of Ireland. 1,198 persons lost, 128 of them were Americans.
First Battle of Somme
Presidential Election: Wilson serves another term in office
The Democrats renominated Woodrow Wilson
Wilson's war resolution
President Wilson delivered his war resolution on this day
Selective Service Act
Required men to register with the government in order to be randomly selected for military service
A famous speech Woodrow Wilson presented before Congress.
Daylight Savings Time becomes standard
The Fuel Administration introduced it as another conservation measure to save on resources
Episonage and Sedition Acts
Under these acts, a person could be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to 20 years in jail for interfering with the war effort or for saying anything disloyal, profane, or abusive about the government or the war effort.
Flu Epidemic kills 500,000
The flu epidemic begins in the fall of 1918. Killed nearly 500,000
Alvin York became famous
Armed only with a rifle and a revolver, York killed 25 Germans and with six other doughboys, captured 132 prisoners.
Germany signed the armstice
A truce that ended the war
Treaty of Versailles is signed
The bBig Four and the leaders of the defeated nations gathered in the hall of mirrors of the Palace of Versailles to sign the peace treaty.
Wilson suffers a stroke
He layed partially paralyzed for more than two months.