What Happened in September 1915

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 The German ambassador to the US pledges again that German submarines will no longer sink liners without warning and providing safety of passengers and crew following the sinking of the British liner "Arabic"
  • Sep 5 Anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumes personal command of his nation's military forces; clearly a symbolic act and devastating for his leadership

  • Sep 7 Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789)
  • Sep 7 St Louis Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago (Federal League), 3-0
  • Sep 8 Association of Negro Life & History founded
  • Sep 8 35th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin (1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8)
  • Sep 9 Association for study of Negro Life & History forms by Carter G Woodson
  • Sep 16 Tsar Nicolas II adjourns 4th Duma
  • Sep 16 US takes control of customs & finances of Haiti for 10 years
  • Sep 18 Boston Braves trounce St Louis Cardinals 20-1
  • Sep 21 Cecil Chubb buys English prehistoric monument Stonehenge for £6,600
  • Sep 21 Emanuel Querido ("Kerido") begins publishing Querido
  • Sep 22 Red Sox ask Braves for use of their larger park for World Series
  • Sep 22 Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) holds its 1st class
  • Sep 22 Xavier University, 1st Black Catholic College in US, opens in NO LA
  • Sep 25 Battle of Loos commenced, lasted until 14th October. Chlorine gas deployed by the British was blown back into their own trenches: 59,000 British & 26,000 German casualties
  • Sep 25 The Second Battle of Champagne begins.
  • Sep 28 Battle of Kut-el-Amara: British defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
  • Sep 29 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent
  • Sep 29 British army conquers Chilly al Imara, Mesopotamia
  • Sep 29 Dutch Opera's 1st performance
  • Sep 29 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 29 Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta
  • Sep 29 Philadelphia Phillies clinch their 1st pennant
  • Sep 30 Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Dai-Keong Lee, composer
  • Sep 2 Hans Joachim Koellreutter, composer
  • Sep 2 Meinhardt Raabe, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 2010)
  • Sep 2 Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • Sep 3 Abel Ehrlich, composer
  • Sep 3 Knut Nystedt, composer
  • Sep 3 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • Sep 4 Dick Thomas, TV host (Village Barn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer
  • Sep 6 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Sep 8 Frank Cady, American actor (Rear Window, Green Acres), born in Susanville, California (d. 2012)
  • Sep 8 Frank Pullen, English business person and racehorse owner (d. 1992)
  • Sep 9 Richard Webb, American actor (Captain Midnight, Out of the Past), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Sep 10 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Sep 11 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Sep 11 Jack Fascinato, Bevier Mo, pianist/orchestra leader (Kukla Fran & Ollie)
  • Sep 12 Billy Daniels, African-American singer (Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • Sep 13 Peter Guy Wykeham-Barnes, fighter Pilot
  • Sep 14 Douglas Kennedy, American actor (Dark Passage, The Lone Ranger & the Lost City of Gold), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Sep 15 Helmut Schoen, football coach
  • Sep 15 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), born in Palmer, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • Sep 16 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 18 Hetta [Hester Henrietta] Empson, artist, born in Orange Free State, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • Sep 18 Ronald Ogden, engineer
  • Sep 19 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • Sep 22 Arthur Lowe, British actor (Dad's Army, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ruling Class), born in Hayfield, Derbyshire (d. 1982)
  • Sep 23 Finn Arnestad, composer
  • Sep 23 Ian Dawson-Shepherd, campaigner
  • Sep 24 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • Sep 24 Margarita J Aliger, Russian poetess (Zoja) [OS]
  • Sep 24 Seymour Egerton, CEO (Coutis Bank)

Person of interestEthel Rosenberg

Sep 25 Ethel Rosenberg, American Communist, born in NYC, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Sep 29 Ann Nagel [Anna Marie Dolan], American actress (Don Winslow of the Navy, The Green Hornet), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 29 Brenda Marshall [Ardis Ankerson], American actress (The Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark), born in Island of Negros, Philippines (d. 1992)
  • Sep 29 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • Sep 30 Lester Garfield Maddox, (Gov-D-Ga)/restaurant owner
  • Sep 30 Robert Morris, lawyer

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 23 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (33) divorces first wife Blanche Lasky after 5 years of marriage

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 August Stramm, German poet and playwright dies in battle during WWI at 41
  • Sep 9 Albert Spalding, American baseball player and sporting goods manufacturer (b. 1850)
  • Sep 10 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec, dies at 93
  • Sep 11 William Sprague IV, American politician and Governor of Rhode Island (1859-63), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), dies at 72
  • Sep 13 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
  • Sep 21 Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
  • Sep 27 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • Sep 27 Kaspar C E Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austrian sculptor, dies at 84
  • Sep 27 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, dies at 57
  • Sep 28 Saitou Hajime, 3rd squad leader of the Shinsengumi died under name of Goro Fujita (b. 1844)
  • Sep 29 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, dies at 95
  • Sep 29 Rudi Stephan, German composer (Die ersten Menschen), dies fighting in World War I at 28