Historical Events in May 1915

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

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

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • May 4 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • May 5 German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
  • 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)