What Happened in January 1915

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 DW Griffith shows "Clansman" at a sneak preview
  • Jan 1 Jews of Laibach Austria expelled
  • Jan 4 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho
  • Jan 4 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops
  • Jan 9 Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated in San Francisco
  • Jan 11 Col Jacob Ruppert & Col Tillinghast Huston purchase Yanks for $460,000
  • Jan 12 US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote
  • Jan 13 Earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800
  • Jan 13 Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, presents plan for assault on Dardanelles
  • Jan 15 Japan claims economic control of China
  • Jan 15 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin
  • Jan 17 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens
  • Jan 17 Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine
  • Jan 18 Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die
  • Jan 18 Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
  • Jan 19 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • Jan 19 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
  • Jan 21 Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
  • Jan 24 German-British sea battle at Dogger Bank & Helgoland

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Jan 25 Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco

  • Jan 25 Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 25 Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (NY to San Francisco)
  • Jan 26 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established
  • Jan 27 US Marines occupy Haiti
  • Jan 28 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • Jan 28 The United States Coast Guard is created by merging the US Life Saving Service & the US Revenue Cutter Service

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Jan 28 US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Jan 30 German submarine attack on Le Havre
  • Jan 30 No 10 batsman F W Hyett scores century on debut, Vic v Tas
  • Jan 31 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Francois Bondy, writer
  • Jan 1 Lewis Bingham Keeble, town planner
  • Jan 2 John Hope Franklin, historian
  • Jan 3 Jack Levine, American social realist painter, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015),
  • Jan 5 Mabel Leigh, British potter (Shorter and Son)
  • Jan 5 Uta Graf, singer/teacher
  • Jan 5 Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian-born cartographer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 6 Alan Watts, writer (Book on the Taboo), born in Kent, England
  • Jan 6 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • Jan 6 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst, writer (d. 2001)
  • Jan 7 Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist/sexologist/founder (NVSH)
  • Jan 8 Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • Jan 9 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • Jan 9 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor and director (Lost World, You look marvelous), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1982)
  • Jan 10 Dean Dixon, Zug Switzerland, conductor
  • Jan 11 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • Jan 11 Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service (d. 1955)
  • Jan 12 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, born in Stanley, County Durham (d. 1996)
  • Jan 12 Frank Annunzio, (Rep-D-IL, 1965- )
  • Jan 12 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot
  • Jan 12 Martin Agronsky, journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia)
  • Jan 12 Paul Jarrico, American writer (d. 1997)
  • Jan 12 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa
  • Jan 13 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property developer
  • Jan 14 Andre Frossard, Catholic columnist
  • Jan 14 Mark Goodson, American game show producer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • Jan 19 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 20 C W Ceram, [Kurt W Marek], German/US writer (March of Archaeology)
  • Jan 20 Joe Hitchcock, darts player (leader of St Dunstan's Four)
  • Jan 20 Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 2006)
  • Jan 21 Alan Hewitt, American actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Jan 22 Tom Burtt, cricketer (slow left-armer took 33 wickets for NZ)
  • Jan 23 Herma Bauma, Austrian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jan 23 Potter Stewart, Mich, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)
  • Jan 24 Robert B Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to the Spanish Republic)
  • Jan 24 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer
  • Jan 25 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist and author, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Jan 25 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton (d. 1989)
  • Jan 26 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • Jan 27 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • Jan 29 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author
  • Jan 29 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • Jan 29 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • Jan 30 Dorothy Dell [Goff], American child actress (Little Miss Marker, Wharf Angel), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (d. 1934)
  • Jan 30 John D Profumo, England, politician (C)
  • Jan 30 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
  • Jan 30 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Jan 30 Joachim Peiper, German SS officer (d. 1976, by assassination)
  • Jan 31 Bobby Hackett, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jan 31 Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)

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Jan 31 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • Jan 31 William Crosbie, artist
  • Jan 31 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • Jan 3 James E Flecker, British diplomat/novelist (Hassan), dies at 30
  • Jan 6 Reginald Wood, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1886), dies
  • Jan 13 Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • Jan 14 Richard Meux Benson, founder of Anglican religious order (b. 1824)
  • Jan 15 Guillaume Couture, composer, dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Fannie Farmer, American culinary figure and author dies aged 57
  • Jan 28 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist and mathematician known for discovering the Umov-Poynting vector and Umov effect, dies at 68