Category Archives: World War I

SS Tuscania torpedoed off Irish coast 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 5 1918)


Video: 'American Survivors Of Torpedoed Transport 'tuscania' (1914-1918)'

(Tuesday, February 5, 1918, approximately 6:40 p.m. GMT) — The Cunard liner SS Tuscania, which was transporting about 2,000 American troops to Europe, was torpedoed by a German U-boat tonight in the Irish Sea with the loss of approximately 210 of the troops and crew. Continue reading SS Tuscania torpedoed off Irish coast 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 5 1918)

Wilson outlines Fourteen Points for lasting peace 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 8 1918)


Video: 'Wilson's 14 Points & League of Nations Explained'

(Tuesday, January 8, 1918, noon EST) — U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points, a statement of principles for peace that was to be used for negotiations to end World War I, before a joint session of Congress today in Washington, D.C. Continue reading Wilson outlines Fourteen Points for lasting peace 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 8 1918)

President Wilson takes over nation’s railroads 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 26 1917)

(Wednesday, December 26, 1917; during World War I) — In what was possibly the largest American experiment with nationalization, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation today authorizing the government to take over operation of the nation’s railroads.

The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) had recommended federal control of the railroad industry to ensure efficient transport of troops and materials for the war effort.

British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1917)


Video: 'GENERAL ALLENBY'S ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM'

(Tuesday, December 11, 1917, noon local time; during the Battle of Jerusalem, part of the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I) – British General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem today, two days after his forces expelled the Ottoman Turks. Continue reading British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1917)

Some 2,000 people die in Halifax Explosion 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1917)


Video: 'The Halifax Explosion Documentary' (Dec. 6, 1917, at 11:45)

(Thursday, December 6, 1917, 9:04:35 a.m. AST; during World War I) — Some 2,000 people died and another 9,000 were injured today when a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin, setting off a blast that devastated Halifax, Nova Scotia. Continue reading Some 2,000 people die in Halifax Explosion 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1917)

Bolshevik Red Guards seize power in Russia 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1917)


Video: '1917 Revolution: bloodshed begins'

(Wednesday, November 7, 1917/October 25, 1917 (O.S.), 9:45 p.m. MSD; during October Revolution and World War I) — The Russian cruiser Aurora fired a symbolic blank shot from the Neva River tonight, giving the signal to rebellious workers, soldiers and sailors led by the Bolshevik Party and leader Vladimir Lenin to storm the Winter Palace in Petrograd (modern day Saint Petersburg), Russia. Continue reading Bolshevik Red Guards seize power in Russia 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1917)

Battle of Passchendaele effectively ends 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 6 1917)


Video: 'The Battle of Passchendaele (100th Anniversary of The Great War Documentary) | Timeline'

(Tuesday, November 6, 1917, starting at 6:00 a.m. with completion in less than three hours; on the Western Front during World War I) — The Battle of Passchendaele, fought by the Allies against the German Empire, effectively ended today as Passchendaele village in Belgium was taken by Canadian soldiers and British Field Marshal Douglas Haig used this success as the reason for calling off the three-month battle. Continue reading Battle of Passchendaele effectively ends 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 6 1917)

War poet Wilfred Owen released from Craiglockhart 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1917)


Video: 'The Great War episode 5 Mutiny'(Nov. 3, 1917, at 22:41)

(Saturday, November 3, 1917)Wilfred Owen, one of the leading poets of World War I, was discharged today from Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh three months after being diagnosed as suffering from neurasthenia or shell shock. Continue reading War poet Wilfred Owen released from Craiglockhart 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1917)

‘Paths of Glory’ premieres in Munich 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 1 1957)


Video: 'Paths of Glory' trailer

(Friday, November 1, 1957)Paths of Glory, an American anti-war film about a military lawyer who comes to question the status quo when he defends three men accused of cowardice, premiered today in Munich, West Germany. Continue reading ‘Paths of Glory’ premieres in Munich 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 1 1957)