This Day in History: Typo Ends WW I

This day in history: October 4, 1918: Germany’s Chancellor telegraphs President Wilson seeking armistice.

You may be wondering why the war didn’t end in October if von Baden requested an armistice at that time.

Funny story. You see, von Baden didn’t realize he was asking for an armistice – he was shopping for an anniversary present for his wife, and asked an aide to send out to Wilson’s department store for an amethyst necklace.

The aide mistakenly sent a telegram to President Wilson instead.

It took a month to straighten out the faux pas; by then, von Baden’s wife decided that peace was as good a present as crystals and the war to end all wars ended.


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