WWI Timeline

  • The initial thoughts of war!

    The initial thoughts of war!
    Before war breaks out, there were many events happening in Europe. These events fuel the fire around the world and war is erupting everywhere. Tension grows and it seems to draw America in.
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  • The Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    The Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
    The Archduke Franz Ferdinand -heir to the throne of Austrio-Hungarian Empire was assasinated. Along with his wife, they were shot by Gavrilo Princip. It was a bold political motive from a movement known as Young Bosnia.
  • Many countries declare war!

    Many countries declare war!
    This date begins many declarations of war. First, Emperor Franz Joseph declares war on Serbia. Then to follow is Germany on Russia, France and Belgium. This leads to Britian to declare war on Germany.
  • America gets involved!

    America gets involved!
    President Wilson goes before Congress and asks for a declaration of war with Germany.His request included complete naval and military forces to be involved. His main goal was to make the world safe for democracy.
  • The Draft

    The Draft
    This day starts the draft. The US issues the Selective Service Act that makes it possible for men to join the armed forces. The Federal Government stated that all men from age 21 to 30 should join. Only a small number of men avoided the draft.
  • The first shots fired!

    The first shots fired!
    American soldiers fired the first shots . In France the men fired the famous nicknamed- Calamity Jane artillery gun from the trenches. The trenches were an important defense in the area.
  • 14 Points!

    14 Points!
    President Wilson issues a document called the 14 points. It is his Program for peace of the world. Some of the statements include ideas such as: freedom of the seas, equality of trade and A league of nations.
  • Troops return home!

    Troops return home!
    The war is over and the soldiers are sent home. Many were under nurished and thin. It was hard for their families to recognize them in some cases due to injuryies they had.
  • The President sets sail!

    The President sets sail!
    President Wilson boards the George Washington bound for Europe. He was the first president to travel to Europe. He was going to attend the Paris Peace Conference. Many Americans didn't like his timing of the trip.
  • The Peace Treaty

     The Peace Treaty
    The Treaty of Versailles was an official document at the end of WWI. It was signed by the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States. It was signed exactly 5 years after the war began.