On this day in ...
... 1914, as streetlamps went on in London, a little over a month before the assassination in Sarajevo of the heir to the Austrian throne and just hours before German troops invaded Belgium, Sir Edward Grey, Britain's Foreign Secretary, famously said:
'The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.'World War I was under way and would not end till 1918. Grey did live longer than his quote predicted -- till 1933, not long before the onset of yet another global conflict.
(Prior August 3 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)