World War I Time Table

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and asked for a declaration of war. His speech ended:

But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts, for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world at last free.

To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.


Date
Europe The Seas Elsewhere
1914
June


1st Colonel House mission
June 28
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

July 28
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

August 1
Germany declares war on Russia

August 3
Germany declares war on France

August 4
Germany invades Belgium

August 4
Britain declares war on Germany

August 4


U.S. declares neutrality
August 6
Austria Hungary declares war on Russia

August 5-16
Siege of Liege

August 12
Austria Hungary invades Serbia

August 14
France invades Lorraine

August 22-23
Battle of Mons
Japan declares war on Germany
August 26-30
Battle of Tannenburg

August 28

Battle of Heligoland
August 30
Paris Zeppelin raid

September 5-9
1st Battle of the Marne

October 15 - November 24
1st Battle of Ypres

October 29


Turkey joins Central Powers
November 21


Britain and India invade Middle East
December 24-26
Christmas Truce

1915
January 19
London Zeppelin raid

January 28

William P. Frye sunk
February 4

Germany declares war zone around British Isles
February 19


Dardanelles naval attack
April


Turkey moves against Armenians
April 22
2nd Battle of Ypres begins

April 25


Gallipoli landing
May 1

Gulflight sunk
May 7

Lusitania sunk
May 23
Italy declares war on Austria Hungary

May 31
Zeppelin raid on London

June 30


Colonel House peace mission
July 2


Bomb in U.S. Senate
August 6


Suvla Bay (Gallipoli)
August 19

Arabic sunk
October 15
Bulgaria joins Central Powers

November 7

Ancona sunk
December 7


Wilson calls up reserves
1916
January 7

German pledge to abide by submarine rules
February 21
Verdun begins

March 15


Army Reorganization Act in U.S.
March 24

Sussex sunk
April 24


Easter Uprising in Ireland
May 4

Sussex pledge
May 31

Battle of Jutland
July 1
Battle of the Somme begins

November 7


Wilson defeats Hughes
December 12
Germany proposes peace talks

December 20


Wilson seeks peace terms from both sides
1917
January 22


Wilson calls for an association of nations and peace without victory
February 1

Germany resumes unrestricted sub warfare
February 3


U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Germany
February 24


Zimmerman Telegram revealed
March 9


Wilson arms merchant ships
March 11


Baghdad falls to British
March 15


Czar Nicholas II abdicates
April 2


Wilson asks for war declaration
April 6


U.S. declares war on Germany
April 12
Battle of Vimy Ridge

May 18


U.S. Selective Service Act
May 19


Pershing heads AEF
June 15


Espionage Act passed
June 25
U.S. soldiers arrive in France

July 6


T.E. Lawrence heads Arab revolt
July 31
3rd Battle of Ypres
(Passchendaele)


October 24
Caporetto offensive

November 2


Lansing-Ishii Agreement
November 6


Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
November 8


Balfour Declaration
November 20
Tanks at Cambrai

December 7


U.S. declares war on Austria Hungary
December 9


British take Jerusalem
1918
January 8


Wilson announces Fourteen Points
March 3


Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
March
Germans begin Western Front offensive

April 14
Foch heads Allies

June 25
Belleau Wood

July 17
2nd Battle of the Marne begins

August


U.S. Intervention in Russia
August 8
Amiens offensive

September
12 - 16
Saint Mihiel

September 26 - November 11
Meuse Argonne offensive

October 5
Hindenburg Line falls

October 25


Wilson's October Appeal
October 28

Kiel mutinies
November 11
Germany signs armistice

1919
January 18


Paris Peace Conference begins
June 28


Treaty of Versailles signed
September 10


Treaty of Saint-Germain signed
September 25


Wilson collapse in Colorado
November 19


1st Senate defeat of Treaty of Versailles
November 27


Treaty of Neuilly signed
1920
March 19


2nd Senate defeat of Treaty of Versailles
April 1


Last U.S. troops leave Siberia
June 4


Treaty of Trianon signed
August 10


Treaty of Sèvres signed
November 2


Republican election triumph

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