2nd July 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Cleveland, Ohio – Frederick Fennell, conductor, composer and author.


Europe’s “July Crisis”: The Saxon ambassador in Berlin reports to his home government that  following the assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand the German military is pressing for an immediate war while Russia and France are still unready. [David Fromkin – “Europe’s Last Summer – Why the World Went to War in 1914”].


The British Ambassador to Belgrade praises the Serbian government for their restrained behaviour following recent anti-Serbian demonstrations in Sarajevo and Vienna.


Society and culture: At the Woking mosque in the South of England,  Mr. Usman-el-Mehdi (also known as Mr. John Barlington Fisher) marries Rasheeda (also known as  Miss Margaret Ross) the unmarried daughter of John Ross, of Tarbet, Argyllshire, in accordance with muslim marriage rites.



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