ok Larry. The calendar does it. I have always called the early May holiday, May Day rather than Labour day but each to his choice on that one.
The Great War began on 4th August not the 14th. Keep em coming, .........
Just to point out that Larry seems to have missed an important 'calendar date' on his list for 2013 namely MARCH 1st SAINT DAVID'S DAY (Patron Saint of Wales). Sadly that is not a holiday either, although we did celebrate it in school in my days of going to school. The St. David's Day Concert and also various competitions (academic ones such as art work, essays etc) - all very exciting. David was a Welsh lad, born and bred, and didn't have to make a name for himself by slaying dragons, rescuing damsels or charming snakes out of the land!! HNY all.
The assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand apparently lit the fuse to a war which engulfed the World. On 28 July, the conflict opened with the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia, followed by the invasion of Belgium, Luxembourg and France by the Germans and the Russian attack on Germany. Britains treaty with Belgium to protect her from any invasion meant that Britain had to declare war which she did on 4 August. British troops were involved from 14 August So when can we say the 1st World War actually began as far as Britain was concerned?
Dave, I did not list the Saint's days for the UK, except for St George, because they were not shown in the calendar I consulted. Being a die-hard old Englishman I knew by rote the date for St George.
OK Larry! You are forgiven. - Dave.