8 January 1918 – #OnThisDay
Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points Speech

Credit: Pach Brothers, c1912 Dec. 2, Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-249, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

On this day in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson delivers his Fourteen Points speech to the United States Congress. Initially greeted with sweeping enthusiasm, the Fourteen Points would create substantial complications and diplomatic tension at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. (See MacMillan, Paris 1919 – Six Months That Changed The World).

4 January 1918 – #OnThisDay

On this day in 1918, thousands of kilometres from the front, four men of the Canadian Railway Troops and Service Guard die in Montreal. Unfortunately, their personnel records provide little details of their service, and it is only known that all four died of “accidental injuries” suffered on 4 January 1918. Privates Thomas Kelly and Delore Lalonde are buried in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery and Privates Andrew Hunter and John Mackie are buried in Mount Royal Cemetery.

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-28-867.