What Happened in 1915 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 283

  • May 6 German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland

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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 6 The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
  • May 7 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost
  • May 8 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • May 9 German & French fight Battle of Artois
  • May 10 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • May 12 Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
  • May 12 Franklin K Mathiews presents idea of "Book Week"
  • May 13 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
  • May 15 AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders
  • May 17 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
  • May 17 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
  • May 17 Last liberal British government of Asquith falls
  • May 17 National Baptist Convention chartered
  • May 20 Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
  • May 22 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna, Scotland)
  • May 22 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.
  • May 23 Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary during WW I

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May 24 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • May 25 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
  • May 25 Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
  • May 26 H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
  • May 31 An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h)
  • Jun 1 1st Zeppelin air raid over England
  • Jun 3 Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in southeastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse
  • Jun 5 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • Jun 5 Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.
  • Jun 8 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

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Jun 9 William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • Jun 9 US President Wilson sends the second Lusitania note to Germany demanding reparations and prevention of 'recurrence of anything so obviously subversive of the principles of warfare'; Wilson refuses to recognize the 'war zone' that Germany has proclaimed around the British Isles
  • Jun 10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • Jun 13 29th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (4-6, 6-2, 6-0)
  • Jun 15 US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
  • Jun 16 The foundation of the British Women's Institute.

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Jun 17 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Jun 18 21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • Jun 20 German offensive in Argonne
  • Jun 21 Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • Jun 21 The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
  • Jun 22 BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • Jun 23 Yanks get record 16 walks & 3 wild pitches beat A's Bruno Hass, 15-0
  • Jun 23 Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste
  • Jun 26 Germany suppresses "Vorwarts" newspaper after it called for peace
  • Jun 27 100°F (38°C), Fort Yukon, Alaska (state record)
  • Jun 27 Dutch SDAP demonstrates against conscription
  • Jul 1 Australia begins Commonwealth Lighthouse Service
  • Jul 1 Australian Survey Corps becomes part of Military Forces
  • Jul 2 Erich Muenter, an instructor in German at Cornell University, explodes a bomb in the US Senate reception room
  • Jul 3 After exploding a bomb in the US Senate reception room the previous day, Erich Muenter, an instructor in German at Cornell University, shoots JP Morgan for representing the British government in war contract negotiations
  • Jul 7 A Great Gorge and International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15.

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Jul 8 The Germans reply to US President Woodrow Wilson's second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson's other demands

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Jul 9 Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa
  • Jul 10 British/South African troops march into German SW-Africa
  • Jul 11 German cruiser Königsberg sinks off Dar-es-Salam
  • Jul 15 The head of German propaganda in the US, Dr Heinrich Albert, loses his briefcase on a subway in New York City; an examination of its content reveals an extensive network of German espionage and subversion across the US
  • Jul 15 The Austro-German forces launch an offensive along the Eastern Front
  • Jul 17 Italian offensive at Isonzo
  • Jul 18 2nd Battle of Isonzo begins & ends with loss of 280,000 men
  • Jul 18 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs
  • Jul 19 Dutch accidents at sea law enforced
  • Jul 19 Wash Nationals steal record 8 bases vs Cleve Indians in the 1st inning
  • Jul 21 Wilson sends the third Lusitania note, warning Germany that future infringement of American rights will be deemed 'deliberately unfriendly'
  • Jul 24 Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die
  • Jul 26 International School for Wijsbegeerte forms
  • Jul 28 Because of virtual anarchy, US Marines go ashore in Haiti on orders from President Wilson; this will lead to an occupation that will last until 1934

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Jul 29 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sep 1 The German ambassador to the US pledges again that German submarines will no longer sink liners without warning and providing safety of passengers and crew following the sinking of the British liner "Arabic"
  • Sep 5 Anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland

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Sep 5 Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumes personal command of his nation's military forces; clearly a symbolic act and devastating for his leadership

  • Sep 7 Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789)
  • Sep 7 St Louis Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago (Federal League), 3-0
  • Sep 8 Association of Negro Life & History founded
  • Sep 8 35th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin (1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 504

  • Mar 6 Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, 52nd Da'i al Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras
  • Mar 7 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician
  • Mar 8 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, born in Dorset (d. 1994)
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • Mar 9 Pete Gray, one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns)
  • Mar 10 Harry Bertoia, Italian artist (d. 1978)
  • Mar 10 Sir Charles Groves, English conductor(d. 1992)
  • Mar 11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • Mar 11 Vijay Hazare, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54)
  • Mar 11 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 12 Alberto Burri, Italian physician/sculptor/abstract painter
  • Mar 14 Alexander Brott, composer
  • Mar 14 Carlos Surinach, Barcelona Spain, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS]
  • Mar 14 Kenneth Rowntree, painter
  • Mar 15 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris)
  • Mar 15 Richard Ward, Glenside Pa, actor (Beacon Hill)
  • Mar 15 Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (d. 1982)
  • Mar 17 Hans Namuth, German/US photographer (Todos Santos, Guatemala)
  • Mar 17 William Roycroft, Austria, equestrian 3 day (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • Mar 17 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Richard Thomas Condon, author
  • Mar 19 Norman Yardley, English cricket captain (late 40's)
  • Mar 19 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Sviatosiav Richter, Zhitomir Ukraine, pianist (Stalin Prize-1945)
  • Mar 20 Rudolf Kirchschläger, President of Austria (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Forest Sagendorf, cartoonist
  • Mar 22 George Cresswell, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • Mar 22 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 23 Francis Berry, poet/Shakespearean scholar
  • Mar 23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • Mar 24 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • Mar 27 Richard Sharp, civil servant
  • Mar 27 Selma Rubin, Toledo, Ohio, environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Jay Livingston, composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy)
  • Mar 28 Raymond Emery, cricketer (NZ Test batsman vs West Indies 1952)
  • Mar 29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist
  • Mar 31 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • Mar 31 Henry Morgan, comedian/TV panelist (I've Got a Secret, Arena), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 31 Jack Perry, businessman
  • Mar 31 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)
  • 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)

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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)

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

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

  • May 6 Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
  • May 8 John Archer, Osceola Nebraska, actor (Destination: Moon)
  • May 9 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • May 10 Bert van Dongen, [Abraham J Cohen], singer/impressionist/actor
  • May 10 Denis Thatcher, husband of British PM Margaret (1979-90)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 103 of 103

  • 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