On This Day

What Happened in August 1915

Historical Events

  • 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 Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot, wins the first Champ Car race ever to average over 100mph at a 100-mile race in Chicago; average speed 101.8mph
  • Aug 9 British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipoli during WWI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 British naval officer David Beatty is confirmed in the rank of vice-admiral

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 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 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane: Englishman Gordon Lowe beats Horace Rice of Australia 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • Aug 2 Johan Limpers, Dutch sculptor and resistance fighter, born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Aug 3 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), born in Amsterdam (d. 1998)
  • Aug 4 Irving Fields, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 4 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Aug 6 Jim Ameche [James Amici], American voice actor (Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • Aug 8 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • Aug 9 Haim Alexander, Israeli composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Aug 11 Jean Parker [Luise-Stephanie Zelinska], American actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women), born in Butte, Montana (d. 2005)
  • Aug 11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • Aug 12 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • Aug 12 Michael Kidd, American choreographer and dancer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Aug 14 Victor Mishcon, Baron Mishcon, British solicitor and a Labour politician, born in London (d. 2006)
  • Aug 14 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, born in Melbourne (d. 1998)
  • Aug 15 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • Aug 15 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author and resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg), born in Turnhout , Belgium (d. 1945)
  • Aug 16 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Aug 18 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Denton, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Aug 19 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman and administrator (Desjardins Group) (d. 1985)
  • Aug 21 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), born in Copenhagen (d. 1998)
  • Aug 21 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), born in Gibraltar (d. 1997)
  • Aug 22 David Dellinger, American social rights and peace movement leader, born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • Aug 22 Hugh Paddick, English actor (Round the Horne), born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2000)
  • Aug 22 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), born in Brantford, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Aug 24 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Aug 24 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • Aug 24 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), born in Hendon, Middlesex, England (d. 1990)
  • Aug 25 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Aug 26 Humphrey Searle, England, writer (20th Century counterpoint)
  • Aug 26 William Bardwell, composer
  • Aug 27 Walter Heller, economist (Old Myths & New Realities), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Aug 28 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, born in Dacca, Bengal (d. 2009)
  • Aug 28 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • Aug 29 Denys Hay, British historian, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1994)

Person of interestIngrid Bergman

Aug 29 Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1982)

  • Aug 29 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • Aug 30 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor (d. 1992)
  • Aug 30 Robert Strassburg, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • Aug 31 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA Men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), born in Vancouver, Canada (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Henry Longbottom, English lieutenant, dies in battle
  • Aug 10 Henry Moseley, English physicist (b. 1887)
  • Aug 15 Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, Jew convicted of murder, lynched
  • Aug 15 Constantin Fahlberg, Russian chemist who discovered Saccharin (artificial sweetener), dies at 59
  • Aug 17 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia at 31
  • Aug 20 Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist and physician (Chemotherapy, Nobel Prize 1908), dies in 61
  • Aug 26 John Bunny American film comedian, dies at 51
  • Aug 28 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), dies at 76