What Happened in February 1915

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal
  • Feb 4 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Mississippi State Penitentiary
  • Feb 7 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
  • Feb 7 Second Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army

Film Release

Feb 8 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Historic Event

Feb 10 US President Woodrow Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans

  • Feb 10 US President Woodrow Wilson warns Germany that the US will hold it 'to a strict accountability' for 'property endangered or lives lost'

Historic Event

Feb 12 Adolf Hitler receives the relatively common Iron Cross second class for bravery in World War I

  • Feb 12 World War I: Kaiser Wilhelm approves the strategic bombing of London's docks
  • Feb 13 The French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region
  • Feb 16 Frank Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He sits out 1915 season
  • Feb 17 Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • Feb 18 Germany begins a blockade of Britain
  • Feb 19 British fleet opens fire on Dardanelles coast
  • Feb 20 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (World's Fair) opens in San Francisco
  • Feb 21 Russian 20th Army corps surrenders to the German 10th Army after being surrounded
  • Feb 22 Germany begins "unrestricted" submarine war
  • Feb 23 Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoe Norwegian ship Regin
  • Feb 23 Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
  • Feb 26 Malancourt, Argonnen 1st (German) flame-thrower
  • Feb 28 WWI: After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards - at the cost of 50,000 casualties

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), born in Ruple, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • Feb 1 Stanley Matthews, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2000)
  • Feb 2 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
  • Feb 2 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool)
  • Feb 2 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Vancouver, BC (d. 2005)
  • Feb 3 Jann Willem Holsbergen, author (Zakenmensen Fair as Gold)
  • Feb 3 Richard Bales, composer
  • Feb 4 Norman Wisdom, English comedian (Kraft Music Hall, Trouble In Store), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • Feb 4 Peter Butterworth, British actor and comedian (Carry On), born in Bramhall, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 4 Ray Evans, American lyricist with Jay Livingston,born in Salamanca, New York (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1968)

Robert HofstadterRobert Hofstadter (1915-1990)

Feb 5 American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), born in NYC, New York

  • Feb 6 Derk Roemers, Dutch politician (Soc-Dem), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Feb 7 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • Feb 8 Georges Guetary, French singer and dancer (An American In Paris), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1997)
  • Feb 9 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), born in Paddington, London, England (d. 1984)
  • Feb 10 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), born n Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • Feb 11 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch; Orkestgebouw Orchestra)
  • Feb 11 Mervyn Levy, artist/critic
  • Feb 11 Patrick Leigh Fermor, author
  • Feb 11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Feb 12 Andrew J. Goodpaster, American general, supreme commander (NATO-Europe)
  • Feb 12 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza - "Ben Cartwright"; Battlestar Galactica), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1987)

Aung SanAung San (1915-1947)

Feb 13 Burmese general and nationalist politician, born in Natmauk, Myanmar

  • Feb 13 Lyle Bettger, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Feb 14 A W H Stewart-Moore, CEO (Gallaher)
  • Feb 14 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 16 Calvin Frazier, American country and Detroit blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("This Old World's In A Tangle"), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1972)
  • Feb 16 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Homer Keller, American classical composer, born in Oxnard, California (d. 1996)
  • Feb 18 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 1999)
  • Feb 18 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • Feb 19 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), born in Chester, Wisconsin (d. 2015)
  • Feb 19 John Freeman, British politician (Labour), ambassador and TV host
  • Feb 20 Chick Harbert, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1954), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • Feb 20 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1987)
  • Feb 21 Ann Sheridan, American actress (They Drive by Night, Dodge City, Another World), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1967)
  • Feb 21 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 1995)
  • Feb 22 Dan Seymour [Daniel Seymour Katz], American actor (To Have and Have Not, We the People, Sing It Again), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Feb 22 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • Feb 23 Heinrich Schirmbeck, German author (Das Spiegellabyrinth)
  • Feb 23 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • Feb 23 Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 "Enola Gay" over Hiroshima (d. 2007)
  • Feb 24 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist
  • Feb 24 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1986)
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth Eybers, South African Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
  • Feb 26 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, born in Leiah, Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • Feb 27 Arthur Gilson, Belgian attorney/minister of Defense (1958-..)
  • Feb 28 Peter Medawar, British biologist (1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance"), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1987)
  • Feb 28 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Ross Barnes, American baseball infielder (3×NA/NL batting champion 1872, 73, 76; 4×NA/NL runs scored leader; 4×NA/NL hits leader; Boston Red Stockings), dies at 64
  • Feb 7 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Albert J-BJ Thijs, Belgian Colonial pioneer (Congo), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Émile Waldteufel, French pianist and composer (Estudiantina), dies at 77

Frank JamesFrank James (1843-1915)

Feb 18 American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), dies at 72

  • Feb 19 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, dies at 48
  • Feb 23 Robert Smalls, African-American congressman (1875-87), dies at 75
  • Feb 24 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934), dies