BORN TODAY: In London, England – Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin, scion of one of the “Tribes of Galway”, United Kingdom peer from 1927, sixth President of the International Olympic Committee, and much more…
Unaware that Germany is frantically, and belatedly, attempting to persuade Austria to pull back from its aggression towards Serbia…the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, is reluctantly persuaded that Russia must fully mobilize in response to Austria’s aggression.
Mildred Aldrich, an American Lady watching events from her chosen retirement cottage overlooking the Marne Valley, east of Paris writes to a friend:
“I am sitting here this morning, as I suppose all France is doing, simply holding my breath to see what England is to do. I imagine there is small doubt about it. I don’t see how she can do anything but fight. It is hard to realize that a big war is inevitable, but it looks like it….if it has to come now, just imagine what it is going to mean! It will be the bloodiest affair the world has ever seen – a war in the air, a war under the sea as well as on it, and carried out with the most effective man-slaughtering machines ever used in battle”.
Fire: In Seattle, the Grand Trunk Pacific Dock, the largest wooden pier structure on America’s west coast is destroyed by a huge fire which leaves 5 dead and 29 injured.