What Happened in May 1915

Historical Events

  • 1st British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
  • 1st German submarine torpedoes US tanker Gulflight
  • 2nd Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road

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3rd John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • 4th Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • 5th German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
  • 6th German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland

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6th Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 6th The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
  • 7th RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost
  • 8th 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • 9th German & French fight Battle of Artois
  • 10th Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 12th Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
  • 12th Franklin K Mathiews presents idea of "Book Week"
  • 13th US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding that Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to 'pacify exited public opinion', according to Bryan
  • 15th AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders
  • 17th 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
  • 17th Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • 17th Last liberal British government of Asquith falls
  • 17th National Baptist Convention chartered
  • 20th Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
  • 22nd Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna, Scotland)
  • 22nd Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain, other than Mount St. Helens, to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century.
  • 23rd Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary during WW I

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24th Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 25th 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
  • 25th Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
  • 26th H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
  • 31st An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London
  • 31st Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • 2nd Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 2nd Van Alexander, composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 2nd Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 2nd Peggy Mount, English actress (d. 2001)
  • 3rd Evencio Castellanos, composer
  • 3rd Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer (d. 2003)
  • 4th Curt Conway, actor (Raw Deal), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4th Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • 5th Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
  • 6th George Perle, composer (12 Tone Tonality), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 6th John Arnold, British high court judge
  • 6th May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao, sculptor

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6th Orson Welles [George], American actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

  • 6th Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
  • 8th John Archer, Osceola Nebraska, actor (Destination: Moon)
  • 9th Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • 10th Bert van Dongen, [Abraham J Cohen], singer/impressionist/actor
  • 10th Denis Thatcher, husband of British PM Margaret (1979-90)
  • 10th John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland, British peer
  • 10th Monica Dickens, author/founder (US Samaritians)
  • 10th Salah Abou Seif, director
  • 12th Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
  • 13th John Habakkuk, principal (Jesus College in Oxford)
  • 14th Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers)
  • 15th Maurice B Latey, commentator (BBC World Service)
  • 15th Paul A Samuelson, economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • 15th Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 17th Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
  • 18th Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
  • 20th Moshe Dayan, Israeli general/minister of Defense
  • 20th Peter Copley, actor (Victim, King & Country)
  • 23rd Clyde Wiegand, physicist
  • 25th Daniel Wolf, journalist
  • 26th Sam Edwards, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 26th Antonia Forest, British children's author (d. 2003)
  • 27th Herman Wouk, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War), born in NYC, New York
  • 27th Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, painter and filmmaker (At the Museum), (d. 2012)
  • 28th Scott McKay, Pleasantville Iowa, actor (Stage Door)
  • 28th Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violinist
  • 28th Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • 29th David Jenklins, librarian (National Library of Wales)
  • 29th Igor Buketoff, Hartford Conn, conductor (Iceland Symph 1964-65)
  • 29th Lord Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat
  • 29th Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
  • 30th Jerome Bert Weisner, military scientist/disarmer

Famous Deaths

  • 7th Alfred G Vanderbilt, US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 7th Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr, US Lusitania officer, dies
  • 7th Charles Frohman, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 8th Henry McNeal Turner, 1 African American Methodist Bishop and 1st African American army chaplain, dies at 82
  • 9th François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 10th Albert Weisgerber, German painter/graphic artist, dies in battle
  • 19th John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 21st Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)