22nd July 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Harelbeke, in Western Flanders – André Defoort, Belgian racing cyclist.


World Affairs: In St Petersburg, the Grand Duchesses Anastasia and Militza, daughters of the King of Montenegro, and influential at the Russian Court, report to the French Ambassador a telegram from their father predicting that  “we shall have war before the end of the month  . . . nothing will be left of Austria. . . . You will take back Alsace-Lorraine. . . . Our armies will meet in Berlin. . . . Germany will be annihilated.”


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