By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed
24-June 6, 1914
28-July 26, 1914
Stages, 5,379 km
- Last Tour
before the “Great War”- Political tensions throughout
Europe were very high as the Tour de France prepared for its 11th edition.
after the start of the 1914 TdF, a Serbian nationalist fired a shot that killed
Archduke Franz Ferdinand. 29 days later Philippe Thys rode into Paris with
his second TdF victory. The thrill of victory faded quickly
in 1914. Several weeks
after the Tour ended Europe was plunged into a devastating World War. Tour
director Henri Desgranges suspended the operations of the race
until after the war in
- May 14, 1914- Woodrow Wilson signed a ‘Mother's Day’ proclamation.
War 1- June 28, 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
caused the start of World War 1. This was the first war to include
nations from around the world.
Ohio- 1914, the first electric traffic light was installed
3, 1914- Germany declares war on France.
- Paris- Italian
Vincenzo Perugia was convicted of stealing the Mona Lisa
the Louvre in Paris. Stolen in 1911, Perugia spent 2 years selling forgeries
in the United States. French officials insist they have the original.
Archduchess Sophie Chotek, 1868-1914, wife of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria
was assassinated along side her husband while on a state visit to
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