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August 15, 1914: Panama Canal Opened and World War I Began

August 15, 1914: Panama Canal Opened and World War I Began

When my grandfather and his cousins arrived in San Francisco on the San Juan in March 1914, Congress was planning a grand opening of the Panama Canal with an international parade of ships in January 1915. But: June 28, 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist.  Austria-Hungary, like many in countries around the world, blamed the Serbian government for the attack and wanted to use the incident as justification for settling the question of Serbian nationalism…

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