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Topics in Chronicling America - World War I Declarations

A month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, on July 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian government declares war on Serbia. Immediately, and within a period of six days, European countries declare war upon one another. Known as the Great War at the time, the conflict became the most destructive and widespread the world had ever seen. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • July 28, 1914. Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
  • August 1, 1914. Germany Declares War on Russia.
  • August 3, 1914. Germany declares war on France.
  • August 4, 1914. Britain declares war on Germany.
  • August 6, 1914. Austria declares war on Russia.
  • August 23, 1914. Japan declares war on Germany.
  • August 25, 1914. Austria declares war on Japan.
  • April 6, 1917. U.S. declares war on Germany.
  • December 7, 1917. U.S. declares war on Austria-Hungary.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Servia, Austro-Hungary, Austria, Germany, declaration, war, Europe
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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