May 1915 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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 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

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May 17 Last liberal British government of H. H. Asquith falls

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • 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
Inventor
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

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
  • May 6 John Arnold, British high court judge
  • May 6 May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao, sculptor
  • May 6 Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
  • May 9 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • May 10 Denis Thatcher, husband of British PM Margaret (1979-90)
  • May 10 John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland, British peer
  • May 10 Monica Dickens, author/founder (US Samaritians)
  • May 10 Salah Abou Seif, director
  • May 12 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
  • May 13 John Habakkuk, principal (Jesus College in Oxford)
  • May 15 Paul A Samuelson, economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • May 15 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • May 17 Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
  • May 18 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
  • May 20 Moshe Dayan, Israeli general/minister of Defense
  • May 23 Clyde Wiegand, physicist
  • May 25 Daniel Wolf, journalist
  • May 26 Antonia Forest, British children's author (d. 2003)
  • May 27 Herman Wouk, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War), born in NYC, New York
  • May 28 Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • May 29 David Jenklins, librarian (National Library of Wales)
  • May 29 Lord Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat
  • May 30 Jerome Bert Weisner, military scientist/disarmer

Deaths in History

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