Historical Events in April 1915

  • Apr 4 Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
  • Apr 5 French begin Woëvre-offensive

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 5 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson after 26 rounds to win the heavyweight boxing title in front of 25,000 fans at Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba

  • Apr 10 Castbergian Child Laws adopted in Norway - one of the first laws in the world to protect the welfare of extra-martial children [1]
  • Apr 14 A's Herb Pennock is within 1 out of pitching 1st Opening Day no-hitter
  • Apr 14 Dutch merchant navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo
  • Apr 14 Turkey invades Armenia
  • Apr 15 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid

Sports History

Apr 15 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0

  • Apr 18 French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • Apr 19 19th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Édouard Fabre in 2:31:41.2
  • Apr 20 The Armenians rise and seize the Turkish town of Van, which they hold until Russians relieve them on 19 May; thousands of Armenians are killed
  • Apr 22 1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I
  • Apr 22 NY Yankees don pinstripes & hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time
  • Apr 22 The Second Battle of Ypres begins on the Western Front in WW I
  • Apr 23 ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA)
  • Apr 24 German army fires chloroform gas in Ypres (Leper)
  • Apr 24 Leaders of the Armenian community in Constantinople (now Istanbul) are arrested by Ottoman authorities, and many later killed, marking the start of the Armenian Genocide
  • Apr 24 Pittsburgh Rebels' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis Terriers (Federal League), 2-0

Gallipoli: Guts, Glory and Defeat

Apr 25 First landings at Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula by ANZAC forces during WWI

  • Apr 26 Italy secretly signs the "Treaty of London" with Britain, France and Russia, bringing Italy into World War I on the Allied side

Historic Event

Apr 27 Counterattack launched by Turkish forces under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against allied troops