What Happened in August 1915

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, is occupied by Germans
  • Aug 5 The Latin-American Conference Convenes in Washington, with representatives from leading South American nations joining the US to discuss conditions in Mexico
  • Aug 6 The British land more troops at Suvla Bay on the northern shore of Gallipoli in an effort to break the stalemate on the peninsula during WWI
  • Aug 7 WWI: Assault against Russell's Top at Gallipolis, Turkey - 232 Australians are killed
  • Aug 7 St Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Bkln rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, & Card runner scores
  • Aug 9 British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipoli during WWI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 David Beatty is confirmed in the rank of vice-admiral

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • Aug 12 "Of Human Bondage" by William Somerset Maugham, published
  • Aug 14 British transport Royal Edward sank by German U boat kills 1000
  • Aug 15 Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia
  • Aug 16 KC's Alex Main no-hits Buffalo (Federal League), 5-0
  • Aug 17 German troops over run Kovno, Lithuania
  • Aug 17 Hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas (275 killed)
  • Aug 17 Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Georgia, after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
  • Aug 18 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • Aug 19 Rationing laws go into effect in Netherlands
  • Aug 19 World War I: the Battle of Van begins
  • Aug 19 British liner "SS Arabic" sunk by German submarine without warning leaving Liverpool for New York; killing 44. Creates diplomatic incident
  • Aug 20 White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleve in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, & $31,500
  • Aug 21 Italy declares war on Turkey in World War One
  • Aug 21 11th Australasian Championships: Gordon Lowe beats Horace Rice (4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4)
  • Aug 23 Tsar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army
  • Aug 25 Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • Aug 26 German troops overrun Brest-Litovsk, Russia
  • Aug 31 Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • Aug 31 Brazil becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Johan Limpers, sculptor/resistance fighter
  • Aug 3 Sal Santen, Dutch writer
  • Aug 4 Irving Fields, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 4 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • Aug 8 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • Aug 9 Haim Alexander, composer
  • Aug 11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • Aug 12 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • Aug 12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 14 Lord Mishcon, economist
  • Aug 14 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist (d. 1998)
  • Aug 15 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • Aug 15 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author/resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg)
  • Aug 15 Signe Hasso, actress (Johnny Angel, Double Life), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 16 Al Hibbler, singer (Unchained Melody)
  • Aug 18 Max Lanier, baseball player
  • Aug 19 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman and administrator (Desjardins Group) (d. 1985)
  • Aug 21 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (d. 1998)
  • Aug 21 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), born in Gibraltar (d. 1997)
  • Aug 22 David Dellinger, American social rights and peace movement leader (d. 2004)
  • Aug 22 Hugh Paddick, British actor (d. 2000)
  • Aug 22 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), born in Brantford, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Aug 24 Alice B[radley] Sheldon, US, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful)
  • Aug 24 Wynonie Harris, rhythm & blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Aug 24 James Tiptree, Jr., American writer (d. 1987)
  • Aug 24 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint) (d. 1990)
  • Aug 25 Walter Trampler, violist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Munich. Germany
  • Aug 26 Humphrey Searle, England, writer (20th Century counterpoint)
  • Aug 26 William Bardwell, composer
  • Aug 27 Walter Heller, economist (Old Myths & New Realities), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Aug 28 Max Robertson, British sports commentator
  • Aug 28 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (d. 2008)
  • Aug 29 Denys Hay, British historian (d. 1994)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1982)

  • Aug 29 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist (d. 1985)
  • Aug 30 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor
  • Aug 30 Robert Strassburg, American composer (d. 2003)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Henry Longbottom, English lieutenant, dies in battle
  • Aug 10 Henry Moseley, English physicist (b. 1887)
  • Aug 15 Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, Jew convicted of murder, lynched
  • Aug 17 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia
  • Aug 20 Paul Ehrlich, Germ geneologist (Chemotherapy, Nobel 1908), dies in 61
  • Aug 26 John Bunny American comedian (b. 1863)