The World 100 Years Ago — 1918

Articles Month By Month plus Feature Events of the Year


Events — January 1918


January 4 – The Finnish Declaration of Independence is recognized by Russia, Sweden, Germany and France.

January 8 – Woodrow Wilson delivers his Fourteen Points speech. [Illus.]

January 9 – U.S troops engage Yaqui Indian warriors in the Battle of Bear Valley in Arizona, a minor skirmish and one of the last battles of the American Indian Wars between the United States and Native Americans.

January 12 – Finland enacts a "Mosaic Confessors" law, granting Finnish Jews civil rights.

January 15 – The keel of HMS Hermes is laid in Britain, the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier to be laid down.

January 18

Russian Constituent Assembly meets.

The Historic Concert for the Benefit of Widows and Orphans of Austrian and Hungarian Soldiers at the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

January 19 – Russian Constituent Assembly proclaims Russian Democratic Federative Republic, but is dissolved by Bolshevik government on same day.

January 22 – The Ukrainian People's Republic declares independence from Bolshevik Russia.

January 27 – The Finnish Civil War begins with the Battle of Kämärä.

January – 1918 flu pandemic: "Spanish 'flu" (influenza) first observed in Haskell County, Kansas.