Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene in the 1925 silent film 'The Gold Rush.' The Everett Collection
Actors Mabel Normand as Mabel (l.), Charlie Chaplin as Charlie, and Marie Dressler as Tillie Banks are shown in a scene from the 1914 silent film 'Tillie's Punctured Romance,' in this black and white photo. Courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive/AP
Charlie Chaplin in a scene with actress Edna Purviance in the 1917 silent film 'The Immigrant.' Newscom
Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene in the 1936 silent film 'Modern Times.' Newscom
Buster Keaton (l.) and Charlie Chaplin are shown in a scene in the 1952 silent film 'Limelight.' Newscom
Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene with actress Paulette Goddard in his first talking film 'The Great Dictator,' in 1940. Newscom
Charlie Chaplin (c.) is shown in a scene in the 1931 silent film 'City Lights.' Newscom
Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene with actor Jackie Coogan from the 1921 silent film 'The Kid.' Newscom
One hundred years ago today, the Japanese Empire declared war on Germany, turning the previously Europe-centric conflict into a truly 'World War.'
ByThe Monitor's European Bureau
The Christian Science Monitor, ProQuest
These articles originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 24, 1914. The Japanese Empire had been an ally of Britain since 1902, and with the start of World War I, was eying Germany's holdings in what is now Shandong Province, China. On Aug. 14, 1914, Japan sent Germany an ultimatum which went ignored. On Aug. 23, Japan officially declared war on Germany, turning the previously Europe-centric conflict into a truly "World War."