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Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary's throne, and his wife, Sophie, are assassinated by Serbian nationalist (Blackhand) Gavrilo Principle.
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
Germany declares wat on russia
Germany declares war on France
The United Kingdom declares war on Germany, after Germany invades Belgium.
Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia and Serbia declares war on Germany.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson announces the U.S. will remain neutral.
The First Battle of the Marne begins. Trench warfare begins as soldiers on both sides dig in.
Battle of Ypres begins.
The United Kingdom announces that the North Sea is a military area, effectively creating a blockade of goods into Germany.
Germany declares a "war zone" around Great Britain... a submarine blockade where even neutral merchant vessels were to be potential targets.
The British ocean liner
The Battle of Verdun begins.
French passenger ship, Sussex, torpedoed by German U-boat
The Battle of Jutland, the major naval battle of the war, begins
the Battle of the Somme, tanks are first introduced.
Germany sends the secret
Russian Tsar Nicholas II abdicates.
The United States declares war on Germany.
The Bolsheviks successfully overthrow the Russian government.
The armistice agreed upon between the new Russian government and the Central Powers goes into effect.
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