- Died: Count Alfred von Schlieffen, 79, former Chief of the General Staff of the German Army.
- Gottlieb von Jagow was named as the new Foreign Secretary of Germany.
- William M. Burton was awarded U.S. Patent No. 1,049,667 for his thermal cracking process, that would dramatically increase the supply of gasoline that could be developed from crude oil.
Von Jagow replaces the capable Alfred von Kiderlen-Waechter as German Foreign Minister, at a critical time. Apparently a career diplomat, Von Jagow predicted that Britain would not stay neutral in event of a war with France. Jagow would attempt to maneuver the U.S. into an interventionist quagmire into the Mexican Revolution. Not that the U.S. required much encouragement.
A bit of irony that the author of the ” Schlieffen Plan” to take France out of any prospective war would die right prior to
the war that would put that plan to the test.
The Times also announces Britain’s plans to staff the recently formed Royal Air Corps with 180 trained airmen per year. All the Powers were greatly spurred on to build their air forces by the experience of the Italians’ use of aircraft in it its war in Libya in 1911.