Events Before WWI

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, visited Serbia. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the prince and next heir to the Austria-Hungary throne. Austria had overtaken Bosnia. This angered Bonian, Serbian, and slovic ethnic groups. Serbian terrorists gathered at the royal visit and assassinated the royal couple by hooting them.
  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    Germany declared that waters around Britain was a warzone. A German U-boat sank The Lusitania. Although it did carry weapons and ammunition, it also carried innocent civilians, including American civilians.
  • Germany sinks the Arabic

    Germany sinks another british ship, the Arabic, killing two Americans.
  • Wilson's speach to Senate

    President Woodrow Wilson made a speach to the senate stating he wanted to find a way to end the war in Europe.
  • Wilson's speach to Congress

    President Woodrow Wilson remindes the U.S. of the loss of life and the hinderance on trade the war has brought to the U.S.
  • U.S. declares war on Germany

    In a vote of 82 to 6, the Senate declares war on Germany
  • U.S. enters WWI

    On a vote of 373 to 50, the House decided that the U.S. had entered the war.