On This Day

What Happened in June 1915

Historical Events

  • Jun 3 Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in southeastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse
  • Jun 5 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • Jun 5 Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage
  • Jun 8 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

Historic Event

Jun 9 William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State

Historic Event

Jun 9 US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania note to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal

  • Jun 10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • Jun 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American based Norwegian Molla Bjurstedt beats Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 for her first of 4 straight US singes titles
  • Jun 15 US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
  • Jun 16 The foundation of the British Women's Institute

Historic Event

Jun 17 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

  • Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: 4-time US Amateur champion Jerome Travers captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara
  • Jun 20 German offensive in Argonne
  • Jun 21 Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • Jun 21 The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens
  • Jun 22 BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • Jun 23 Yanks get record 16 walks & 3 wild pitches beat A's Bruno Hass, 15-0
  • Jun 23 Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste
  • Jun 26 Germany suppresses "Vorwarts" newspaper after it called for peace
  • Jun 27 100°F (38°C), Fort Yukon, Alaska (state record)
  • Jun 27 Dutch SDAP demonstrates against conscription

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 John Randolph [Emanuel Hirsch Cohen], American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jun 1 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter ("Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • Jun 2 Lester del Rey, American sci-fi author (Moon Trilogy, Marooned on Mars)
  • Jun 2 Robert Moffat Palmer, American composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2010)
  • Jun 2 Walter Tetley, American animation voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 2 Alexandru Nicolschi, Russian communist (d. 1992)
  • Jun 2 Florence Holway, Massachusetts, 75 year old rape victim and activist, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 3 Iris Meredith [Shunn], American actress (Son of Davy Crockett, The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • Jun 3 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), born in Saint Vincent, British Windward Islands (d. 1997)
  • Jun 4 Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (1960-68), born in Bamako Coura, Upper Senegal and Niger (d. 1977)
  • Jun 4 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), born in Lincoln, Canterbury (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Jun 5 Lancelot Ware, English barrister and co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, born in Mitcham, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • Jun 6 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Jun 8 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Jun 8 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92) (d. 2004)
  • Jun 9 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)

Saul Bellow

Jun 10 Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2005)

  • Jun 10 Oscar Comras, drummer (namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 11 David Kindersley, British stone letter-carver and typeface designer, born in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Jun 11 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jun 11 Arnold Jacobs, American symphonic tuba player (Chicago Symphony, 1944-83), and pedagogue, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • Jun 12 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 12 Christopher Mayhew, British politician (d. 1997)
  • Jun 13 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • Jun 15 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), born in Dover, England (d. 1990)
  • Jun 15 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • Jun 16 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman, and inventor (Gannex raincoats), born in Kaunas, Russsian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Mariano Rumor, premier Italy
  • Jun 16 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • Jun 17 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • Jun 17 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Jun 18 Arthur Fagg, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; dual double-centuries for Kent v Essex 1938) and umpire (18 Tests, 7 ODIs), born in Chartham, England (d. 1977)
  • Jun 18 Red Adair, American oilman (fought oil fires in Kuwait), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Jun 18 Victor Legley, Belgian violinist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1949-80), born in Hazebrouck, France (d. 1994)
  • Jun 19 Julius Schwartz, American editor and agent (d. 2004)
  • Jun 20 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), born in Shanghai, China (d. 1994)
  • Jun 20 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • Jun 22 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 2018)
  • Jun 23 Dennis Price, English actor (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), born in Twyford, England (d. 1973)
  • Jun 23 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • Jun 24 Charles James Dunn, Japanese scholar
  • Jun 24 Fred Hoyle, cosmologist (proposed steady-state universe theory)
  • Jun 25 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
  • Jun 26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jun 26 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • Jun 27 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • Jun 30 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricketer (scored a pair in only Test (NZ v Aust 1946)), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)

Famous Weddings

T. S. Eliot

Jun 26 Poet T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 4 William Denis Browne, British composer, dies at 26
  • Jun 5 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French artist and sculptor, killed fighting in WWI at 23
  • Jun 7 Benjamin Lambord, American composer, dies at 35
  • Jun 18 Eufemio Zapata, Mexican revolutionary and brother of Emiliano Zapata, killed at 44 by Sidronio Comancho after Zapata became drunk and beat and insulted his father
  • Jun 19 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • Jun 20 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies ay 76

Victor Trumper

Jun 28 Victor Trumper, Australian Cricket Batsman (48 Tests, top score 214; key figure foundation of rugby league in Australia), dies of Bright's disease at 37