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  • Bismark

    Bismarck completes efforts to unify Prussia and the German kingdoms into a single nation and has King Wilhelm I proclaimed Kaiser.
  • Frances Signs A Treaty

    Frances Signs A Treaty
    France forced to sign humiliating treaty with Germany that ends the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War.
  • Wilhelm II

    Wilhelm II
    After his father's untimely death, 29 year-old Wilhelm II becomes ruler, Kaiser Wilhelm II, of Germany.
  • Tsar

    Nicolas is crowned Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, a position he did not want. Germany and Russia do not renew a friendship treaty and begin their adversary relationship.
  • Queen Victoria

    Queen Victoria
    Great Britain's Queen Victoria, whose bloodline runs through most of the ruling houses of Europe, dies.
  • Bloody Sunday Massacre

    Bloody Sunday Massacre
    "Bloody Sunday Massacre" by Tsarist troops in St. Petersburg left Russian workers dead and cost Nicholas support among the workers and farmers.
  • Dreadnought

    British launch first "dreadnought" class battleship.
  • Ferdinand

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.
  • War on Serbia

    War on Serbia
    Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
  • Germany declares war

    Germany declares war
    Germany declares war on neutral Belgium and invades in a right flanking move designed to defeat France quickly. As a result of this invasion, Britain declares war on Germany.
  • The battle of fronteirs

    The battle of fronteirs
    "The Battle of the Frontiers" -- 27,000 French soldiers die on this single day in an offensive thrust to the east of Paris, towards the German borders.
  • Germany army

    Germany army
    German army, led by Erich Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg achieves its greatest victory of the war on the Eastern front against Russia at the Battle of Tennenberg.