July 1915 in History

Events in History

  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 K√∂nigsberg 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 19 Dutch accidents at sea law enforced
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Jean Stafford, US writer (Boston Adventure, Lion & Carpenter)
  • Jul 1 Viscount Leverhulm, English large landowner (Unilever)
  • Jul 1 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon (d. 2001)
  • Jul 2 8th duke of Wellington, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 2 Bert Decorte, Flemish poet
  • Jul 4 Christine Lavant, writer
  • Jul 7 Margaret Walker Alexander, poet/novelist (For My People)
  • Jul 8 Charles Hard Townes, Greenville SC, physicist (developed lasers)
  • Jul 11 Colin Purdie Kelly, US, 1st US air hero (during WW II)
  • Jul 11 George Ivan Smith, diplomat
  • Jul 12 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer
  • Jul 15 Alexander Durie, vice president (British AA)
  • Jul 15 Ron Smith, union leader (British Postal Workers)
  • Jul 16 Barnard Hughes, Bedford Hills NY, (Tron, Where's Poppa, Best Friends)
  • Jul 16 Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, deputy speaker (House of Lords)
  • Jul 16 Edward Miller, Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge)
  • Jul 17 Habib Rajab, Durban, South African, a trader and collector of oriental art
  • Jul 18 Anthony Cox, English architect
  • Jul 18 Isaack Stouten, resistance fighter
  • Jul 21 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), born in London (d. 2002)
  • Jul 21 Maurice Laing, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 22 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author. (d. 2000)
  • Jul 24 Frank Thistlethwaite, vice chancellor (University of East Anglia)
  • Jul 24 Enrique Fernando, Philippino jurist (d. 2004)
  • Jul 25 David Napley, solicitor
  • Jul 28 Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jul 29 Bruce R. McConkie, LDS apostle and author (d. 1985)
  • Jul 29 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Jul 31 Robert Steel, academic

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Gen Porfirio [Jose de la Cruz] Diaz, president Mexico, dies
  • Jul 10 Hendrik W Mesdag, painter (Panorama Mesdag), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 16 ellen white, American co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dies at 87

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • Jul 22 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer and inventor (b. 1827)
  • Jul 26 James Murray, philologist, dies
  • Jul 28 Vilbrun G Sam, rebellion leader/president of Haiti, lynched