What Happened in April 1915

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
  • Apr 5 French begin Woëvre-offensive
  • Apr 5 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 14 A's Herb Pennock is within 1 out of pitching 1st Opening Day no-hitter
  • Apr 14 Dutch merchant navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo
  • Apr 14 Turkey invades Armenia.
  • Apr 15 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid
  • Apr 15 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
  • Apr 18 French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • Apr 19 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2
  • Apr 20 The Armenians rise and seize the Turkish town of Van, which they hold until Russians relieve them on 19 May; thousands of Armenians are killed
  • Apr 22 1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I
  • Apr 22 NY Yankees don pinstripes & hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time
  • Apr 22 The Second Battle of Ypres begins on the Western Front
  • Apr 23 ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA)
  • Apr 24 German army fires chloroform gas in Ieper
  • Apr 24 Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)
  • Apr 24 Pitts' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis (Federal League), 2-0
  • Apr 25 First landings at Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula by ANZAC forces during WWI
  • Apr 26 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Counterattack launched by Turkish forces under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against allied troops

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)
  • Apr 1 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (d. 2004)
  • Apr 2 Antony Dornhorst, professor of medicine
  • Apr 2 Arthur Ballard, artist
  • Apr 3 Paul Touvier, war criminal
  • Apr 4 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani)
  • Apr 4 Lars G Ahlin, Swedish writer (Death of Me)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Apr 7 Henry Kuttner, US, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were)
  • Apr 7 Stanley Adams, American actor (d. 1977)
  • Apr 9 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Quebec politician (d. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 10 Harry Morgan, actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Apr 10 Leo Vroman, Dutch/US poet/biologist, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 11 (Hanlon) Pat Clarke, cyclist
  • Apr 12 Emil [Theodore] Petaja, US, sci-fi author (Star Mill, Tramontane)
  • Apr 12 [Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer
  • Apr 13 Bert [Albert L F] Peleman, [Dirk Dyckmans], Flemish writer
  • Apr 13 R N Coote, Bishop (Colchester)
  • Apr 13 Stephan Hermlin, writer
  • Apr 13 Stephen Roberts, CEO (British Milk Marketing Board)
  • Apr 13 Tom Greenshields, sculptor
  • Apr 15 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • Apr 15 Elizabeth Catlett, sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Dany [Daniel S] Tuijnman, head of Dutch traffic & water
  • Apr 16 Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer
  • Apr 17 Joe Foss, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (d. 2003)
  • Apr 18 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • Apr 19 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer
  • Apr 19 Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • Apr 20 Joseph Wolpe, South African-born psychotherapist (d. 1997)
  • Apr 21 Andor Kovach, composer
  • Apr 21 Anthony Quinn, Mexico, actor, Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia)
  • Apr 21 Frick, [W Groebli], Swiss clown, Frick & Frack)
  • Apr 22 Dick Dudley, Tenn, TV host (Village Barn)
  • Apr 22 Lord Airedale, British Lord (social democrat)
  • Apr 23 Arnold Hall, CEO (Hawker Siddeley Group)
  • Apr 25 A J A Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer
  • Apr 25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)
  • Apr 26 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, born in Memphis, Tenneessee (d. 1992)
  • Apr 29 Donald Mills, singer (Mills Brothers)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Johann Joseph Abert, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 3 Andrew Stoddart, cricketer (England capt at turn of century), suicide
  • Apr 14 James Hutton Brew, Pioneer of West African Journalism, dies
  • Apr 16 Nelson W. Aldrich, American politician (b. 1841)
  • Apr 17 Johannes P Kelly, [Kellij], Dutch actor/operetta writer, dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Rupert Chawner Brooke, English poet (Lithuania), dies at 27
  • Apr 25 Nicola d' Arienzo, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 25 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • Apr 27 Alexander N Skriabin, Russ pianist/composer (Prometheus), dies at 43
  • Apr 27 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (b. 1872)