July 28th 1914

July 28th 1914 WWI Memorial

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were killed by Serbian nationalists.

This direct attack on Austria from Serbia was the spark that started World War I. A month after this assassination, Austria declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. Within a week, Russia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, and Serbia had lined up against Austria-Hungary and Germany.

Why did the United States get involved in WWI?

The United States planned to stay neutral in the war until the following caused our entry into the war:

  • Germany’s invasion of neutral Belgium 
  • The economic interest of loans to be paid back
  • The sinking of the Lusitania – a British passenger ship
  • Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
  • The Zimmermann Telegram

On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany.

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