Re-blogged (albeit a few days late) from the Library of Congress:
On August 1, 1914, the newspapers of America announced the initiation of hostilities across Europe. Blaring headlines such as “War Declared” (in strikingly large type), “Peace Refused by France; Her Army Ready to Strike,” “WAR! Greatest Conflict of Ages Has Begun!,” “Kaiser Says ‘Fight!’,” and “Germany Sends Ultimatums to France and Russia,” the news traveled fast that what became known as World War One had begun. Some newspapers focused on more local effects of a European war, such as “President Offers Mediation,” “N.Y. ‘Change is Closed to Avert Panic,” “Seattle to Offer Prayers,” and “M’Adoo Holds 500,000,000 To Balk Any Panic.” Explore these events further and read more about it!