What Happened in December 1915

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 The US requests that Germany withdraw its military and naval attaches from the Embassy in Washington
  • Dec 3 General Joseph Joffre becomes Commander-in-Chief of the French Armies
  • Dec 4 F F Fletcher is first US admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Dec 4 Ku Klux Klan receives charter from Fulton County, Ga
  • Dec 4 Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Henry Ford's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas'

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Dec 8 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" appears anonymously in "Punch" magazine

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • Dec 12 1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau, Germany
  • Dec 12 Aristide Briand forms French war government
  • Dec 12 Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia
  • Dec 14 Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Dec 20 Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia
  • Dec 20 Final withdraw of all allied troops from Anzac Cove
  • Dec 21 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
  • Dec 22 Federal Baseball League disolved
  • Dec 22 Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati
  • Dec 23 J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 25 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Dec 27 US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments
  • Dec 28 SF City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph
  • Dec 28 Today the British Cabinet recognizes the true nature of the war by deciding to institute compulsory military service, with single men to be conscripted before married ones
  • Dec 30 Cromarty Harbour, Scotland - British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
  • Dec 2 Nico Richter, composer
  • Dec 2 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), (d. 2000)
  • Dec 4 Allan Jackson, Hot Springs Ark, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand)
  • Dec 4 Fred Freer, cricketer (Australian pace bowler played one Test in 1946)
  • Dec 5 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, drummer
  • Dec 5 Margaret Hayes, Balt Md, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents)
  • Dec 7 Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], US, sci-fi author (Ginger Star)
  • Dec 7 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 8 Denis Harding, soldier
  • Dec 8 George Scheuer, writer/journalist
  • Dec 8 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • Dec 9 Colin McCool, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s)
  • Dec 9 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin Germ, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • Dec 9 Herbert Huncke, writer
  • Dec 11 Anna van Beers, [Graeve], actress (A Woman like Eve)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 12 Frank Sinatra, Hoboken New Jersey, American singer/actor (old blue eyes), (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 13 Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77)
  • Dec 13 Mark Stevens, actor (Big Town, Martin Kane), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 13 Ross MacDonald, detective novelist (Goodbye Look)
  • Dec 13 Curd Jürgens, German-born Austrian actor (d. 1982)
  • Dec 13 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Vilnius, Lithuania, Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • Dec 14 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 14 Clay Warnick, choral director (Jimmie Rodgers Show), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Dec 15 Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral
  • Dec 16 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer (The Blizzard, Time, Forward!)
  • Dec 16 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)
  • Dec 17 André Claveau, French singer (d. 2003)
  • Dec 18 Dario Mangiarotti, Italy, fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19 Edith Piaf, [E Giovanna Gassion], chanteuse (Little Sparrow), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
  • Dec 20 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer, born on Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • Dec 21 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
  • Dec 22 Barbara Billingsley, American actress
  • Dec 25 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • Dec 25 Nora Dunfee, actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil)
  • Dec 25 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • Dec 26 Hans [Henri A] Gomperts, Dutch literature (Duck on Attic)
  • Dec 26 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
  • Dec 27 Mary Kornman, Idaho Falls ID, actress (Queen of the Jungle)
  • Dec 27 William Howell Masters, sex author/physician
  • Dec 27 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel/singer (Staple Singers)
  • Dec 29 Charles L[eonard] Harness, US, sci-fi author (Paradox Men, Wolfhead)
  • Dec 29 John P W Meefout, Dutch sculptor (Laying Woman)
  • Dec 29 Robert Ruark, US writer (Something of Value)
  • Dec 29 Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 10 28th US President Woodrow Wilson marries 2nd wife Edith Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Journalist Benito Mussolini marries Rachele Guidi in Treviglio Lombardy

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Dec 18 US President Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Biologist Alexander Fleming (34) weds Sara McElroy

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Gustav Hollaender, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 18 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist/neurologist (Alzheimer Disease), dies at 51
  • Dec 23 Roland Leighton, dies at 20
  • Dec 28 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer/politician, dies at 78
  • Dec 29 Charles Beach Hawley, composer, dies at 57