It’s June 1918. Four years have passed since Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, triggering the most destructive war the world has ever seen. This month, United States Marine Corps and Army units expel the Germans from Belleau Wood. The German Army’s spring offensive continues with an attack at the River Matz. Addressing the Reichstag in Berlin, Foreign Minister von Kuhlmann tells the deputies they should not expect a victory by military effort alone, advice that angers the German military. In Italy, a two-pronged offensive by Austria-Hungary is turned back by Allied forces led by the new Italian commander, General Armando Diaz. In the United States, Eugene V. Debs, the leader and three-time presidential nominee of the Socialist Party, delivers a speech criticizing the war and the draft; a speech that leads to his arrest two weeks later for violating the Espionage and Sedition Acts. The Supreme Court strikes down a federal law banning interstate shipment of the products of child labor. Former Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks dies at his home in Indianapolis.