.When Downton Abbey resumes for viewers in the States on Sunday pause to remember: the series ended on August 4th, 1914 , with the announcement that Britain was at War with Germany. Germany invaded a neutral Belgium at 8:02 am (local time), violating Belgian's neutrality and setting off the chain of events throughout Europe that would change lives forever.
Romaine Brooks La France Croisee 1914
DAILY MIRROR, 4 August, 1914
Great Britain is in a state of war with Germany. It was officially stated at the Foreign Office last night that Great Britain declared war against Germany at 7pm. The British Ambassador in Berlin has been handed his passport.
War was Germany's reply to our request that she should respect the neutrality of Belgium, whose territories we were bound in honour and by treaty obligations to maintain inviolate.
Speaking in a crowded and hushed House the Premier yesterday afternoon made the following statement: 'We have made a request to the German Government that we shall have a satisfactory assurance as to the Belgian neutrality before midnight tonight.'
The German reply to our request, officially stated last night, was unsatisfactory.
Just prior to the War in 1913, Gabrielle Chanel had opened a boutique in Deauville, France; liberating women from their corsets with tailored suits & chain-belted jerseys.
1914Charlie Chaplin makes his film debut in the comedy short Making a Living.
Suffragette Mary Richardson damages Velázquez' painting Rokeby Venus in London's National Gallery with a meat chopper.
Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinates Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Duchess Sophie, in Sarajevo.
de Chirico's Love Song
Cubist Artists Picasso and Braque continue to challenge the Art World with their work and Italian painter de Chirico emerges with the first canvas of the Surrealist Movement.
A new Pope is named-Pope Benedict XV.
The Kennedy Dynasty begins- Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr. marries Rose Fitzgerald in Boston.
British and German soldiers interrupt World War I to celebrate Christmas, beginning the Christmas Truce of 1914.
& in the Second Season of Downton, Christmas is celebrated too- such are the pitfalls of being a rebellious little settlement of colonies-
& it's a bit late for US to celebrate- as we are racing already to the next holiday-