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1914

Difficult to talk about 1914 without mentioning the opening of the Panama Canal and, of course, the start of World War I.

1914

The conflict was precipitated by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip, a 19-year-old Serbian nationalist on June 28th. Austria-Hungary’s response was to attack the Serbian capital of Belgrade, causing Russia to enter the fray, in turn leading Germany to declare war on Russia and its ally, France. The United Kingdom declared war on Germany in response to their invasion of neutral Belgium. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the United States’ neutrality and attempted to broker a peace between the Allies (The U.K., France and Russia) and the Central European powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary, but to no avail. The United States would enter the war on the side of the Allies in the summer of 1918, playing a key role in the Allied victory in November of that year.

The year was less grim for the arts, as on February 2nd famous English actor Charlie Chaplin made his debut in Making a Living, a comedy short. Soon after, he appeared in Kid Auto Races at Venice as his most famous character of “The Tramp”, and would star in one the year’s most popular films, Tillie’s Punctured Romance.

In sports, legendary U.S. baseball player Babe Ruth made his major league debut and Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first player of the 20th century to reach 3000 career hits. In science and technology, British archaeologist Katherine Routledge began the first survey of the mysterious Easter Island, and the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line in Florida launched the first regular passenger flight.

Notable births in 1904 include American author William S. Burroughs, English actor Alec Guinness of Star Wars fame, and Soviet politician Yuri Andropov.

Discover how Virginia, USA looked like in 1914

Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

The Dead Man Who Killed

Directed by: Louis Feuillade

Starring: Ren Navarre, Georges Melchior, Luitz-Morat

Country: United States

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Judith of Bethulia

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh

Country: United States

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Tess of the Storm Country

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter

Starring: Mary Pickford, Harold Lockwood, Olive Carey

Country: United States

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The Battle of the Sexes

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Donald Crisp, Lillian Gish, Robert Harron

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1914 ?

The Eyes of the World

By: Harold Bell Wright

A classic fiction novel by Harold Bell Wright, featuring a maiden in distress, an artist, a hero, and several secrets.

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Pollyanna

By: Eleanor H. Porter

Eleanor H. Porter's "Polyanna" is a delightful tale of a young orphan girl, Pollyanna Whittier, who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly.

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The Inside of the Cup

By: Winston Churchill

With few exceptions, the incidents recorded in these pages take place in one of the largest cities of the United States of America, and of that portion called the Middle West,—a city once conservative and provincial, and rather proud of ...

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The Salamander

By: Owen Johnson

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1914 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. Robert
  5. Joseph
  6. George
  7. Charles
  8. Edward
  9. Frank
  10. Walter
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Helen
  3. Dorothy
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Anna
  7. Mildred
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Frances
  10. Marie

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