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Major Events of 1914

1914 (Roman Numerals: MCMXIV) was the 14th year of the 20th century. 1914 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

1914 is the year that World War I broke out in Europe after Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbian nationalists. Alliances and rigid military plans, meant that what began as a local conflict, eventually involved all the major European powers.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1914.
News Events of 1914

Ford Motor Company announces an 8-hour working day, paid at a minimum, $5 per day.

First World War begins when Austro-Hungary mobilizes against Serbia after Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo.

USA and Panama sign Panama Canal Treaty.

The Panama Canal opens to traffic.

Last known Passenger Pigeon dies in Cincinnati Zoo.

Federal Reserve Bank of the United States opens.

Pope Pius X dies.

Pope Benedict XV becomes Pope.

Charlie Chaplin makes his film debut in "Making a Living".

United States creates the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Cleveland installs the first electric traffic light.

Sports in 1914

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