August 4, 1914 - Great Britain declares war on Germany. The declaration is binding on all Dominions within the British Empire including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
August 4, 1914 - The United States declares its neutrality.
August 4-16, 1914 - The Siege of Liege occurs as Germans attack the Belgian fortress city but meet resistance from Belgian troops inside the Liege Forts. The twelve forts surrounding the city are then bombarded into submission by German and Austrian howitzers using high explosive shells. Remaining Belgian troops then retreat northward toward Antwerp as the German westward advance continues.
WORLD WAR ONE
IN THE TV UNIVERSE
The fourth series in this sitcom about the Blackadders of History ended in a freeze-frame as Captain Blackadder led his men in a suicide charge into No Man's Land.
Downton heir Matthew Crawley and two of the servants - Thomas Barrows and William Mason - serve in the trenches. All three were wounded, but only William eventually succumbed to his.
The last of Colonel Potter's friends from his WWI unit in France has died. They created a tontine--a pledge--involving a bottle of French wine, to be drunk by the last surviving member.
A General must deal with his own son who fled during battle and now faces execution.
An artifact created from a shell casing present at the Christmas Truce of 1914 is imbued with the harmony of good will from that moment in time.
Paul McCartney's music video about the Christmas truce of 1914.
Toobworld theory: Sweet the Demon was present during the truce.
I could also have cited 'Beacon Hill', 'Upstairs, Downstairs', 'James Garner As Nichols', and several others......