What Happened in 1915

Significant Events

  • Feb 8 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles
  • Feb 28 WWI: After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards - at the cost of 50,000 casualties
  • Apr 22 1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I
  • May 7 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost
  • Oct 8 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)
  • Oct 12 Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth automobile at the River Rouge plant in Detroit
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World Leaders in 1915

Famous People in 1915

Would You Believe?

Cecil Chubb buys English prehistoric monument Stonehenge for £6,600

On September 21, 1915

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 4 Canadian diplomat Vincent Massey (28) weds Alice Parkin
  • Jun 26 Poet T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London
  • Oct 25 Leader of China's 1911 revolution Sun Yat-sen (48) weds second wife Soong Ching-ling
  • Dec 17 Journalist Benito Mussolini marries Rachele Guidi in Treviglio Lombardy
  • Dec 18 28th US President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before marries second wife Edith Bolling Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas

Famous Divorces

  • Sep 23 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (33) divorces first wife Blanche Lasky after 5 years of marriage
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