What Happened in February 1915

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal
  • Feb 4 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Miss Penitentiary
  • Feb 7 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
  • Feb 7 2nd Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army

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Feb 8 D. W. Griffith's silent film "The Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles - first 12-reel film in America

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • Feb 10 US President Wilson warns Germany that the US will hold it 'to a strict accountability' for 'property endangered or lives lost'
  • Feb 10 US President Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans

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Feb 12 Adolf Hitler receives the relatively common Iron Cross second class for bravery in World War I

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 13 The French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region
  • Feb 16 Frank Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He sits out 1915 season
  • Feb 17 Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • Feb 18 Germany begins a blockade of Britain
  • Feb 19 British fleet opens fire on Dardanelles coast
  • Feb 20 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
  • Feb 21 20th Russian Army corps surrenders
  • Feb 21 World's Fair in SF opens
  • Feb 22 Germany begins "unrestricted" submarine war
  • Feb 23 Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin
  • Feb 23 Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
  • Feb 26 Malancourt, Argonnen 1st (German) flame-thrower
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Stanley Matthews, 1st British soccer player to be knighted
  • Feb 2 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool)
  • Feb 2 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
  • Feb 2 Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 3 Jann Willem Holsbergen, author (Zakenmensen Fair as Gold)
  • Feb 3 Richard Bales, composer
  • Feb 4 William Talman, actor (Crashout, Hamilton-Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 4 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)

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Feb 5 Robert Hofstadter, US atomic physicist

  • Feb 6 Derk Roemers, Dutch politician (Soc-Dem)
  • Feb 7 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • Feb 8 Lambros Georges Guetary Worloou, singer
  • Feb 9 Lennard Pearce, English actor (d. 1984)
  • Feb 11 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orch)
  • Feb 11 Mervyn Levy, artist/critic
  • Feb 11 Patrick Leigh Fermor, author
  • Feb 11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Andrew J Goodpaster, US, general/supreme commander (NATO-Europe)
  • Feb 12 Lorne Greene, Ottawa Canada, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica)
  • Feb 13 Lyle Betther, actor (Harry-Grand Jury, Lone Ranger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 13 Aung San, Burmese general and politician (d. 1947)
  • Feb 14 A W H Stewart-Moore, CEO (Gallaher)
  • Feb 14 Irving Gordon, songwriter
  • Feb 15 Paul Ferris, British author
  • Feb 16 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Homer Keller, American composer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 18 Marcel Landowsky, composer
  • Feb 18 Phyllis Calvert, Chelsea, English actress (The Man in Grey), born in London, England
  • Feb 19 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host
  • Feb 20 Philip Friend, Horsham England, actor (Vulture, Fur Collar)
  • Feb 21 Ann Sheridan, Denton Texas, actress (Dodge City, Another World)
  • Feb 21 Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • Feb 22 Dan Seymour, actor (We the People, Sing It Again), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 22 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • Feb 23 Heinrich Schirmbeck, German author (Das Spiegellabyrinth)
  • Feb 23 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • Feb 23 Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 "Enola Gay" over Hiroshima (d. 2007)
  • Feb 24 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth Eybers, South Afr/Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
  • Feb 26 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, born in Leiah, Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • Feb 27 Arthur Gilson, Belgian attorney/minister of Defense (1958-..)
  • Feb 28 Peter Medawar, England, zoologist, immunologist (Nobel 1953)
  • Feb 28 Zero "Samuel" Mostel, actor (Fiddler on the Roof), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
  • Feb 7 Wladyslaw Gorski, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Albert J-BJ Thijs, Belgian Colonial pioneer (Congo), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Charles Emile Waldteufel, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Emil Waldteufel, [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies

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Feb 18 Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), dies at 72

Outlaw Frank James
Frank James
  • Feb 19 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, India's social reformer/politician, dies
  • Feb 23 Robert Smalls, Reconstruction congressman, dies at 75 in SC
  • Feb 25 George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934), dies