On This Day

Historical Events in May 1915

Historic Event

May 1 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool

  • May 1 German submarine torpedoes US tanker Gulflight
  • May 2 Bronx, New York City; Old Fordham Road renamed Landing Road

Historic Event

May 3 John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"

  • May 4 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • May 5 German U-20 captures and sinks Britsih schooner Earl of Lathom
  • May 6 German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland

Baseball Event

May 6 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth hits his first MLB home run; pitches 12 frames in Boston Red Sox 4-3 extra innings loss to New York Yankees

  • May 6 The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles

Hero Millionaire Saves Lusitania Children

May 7 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost

  • May 8 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • May 9 German & French fight Battle of Artois
  • May 10 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England

Historic Invention

May 10 Canadian physician Cluny MacPherson first presents his gas mask invention to the British War Office

  • May 12 Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
  • May 12 Franklin K. Mathiews first presents idea of "Book Week"
  • May 13 US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding that Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to 'pacify exited public opinion', according to Bryan
  • May 17 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
  • May 17 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever

Historic Event

May 17 Last liberal British government of H. H. Asquith falls

  • May 17 National Baptist Convention chartered
  • May 20 Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
  • May 22 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 in Gretna, Scotland
  • May 22 Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, only mountain other than Mount St. Helens, to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century
  • May 23 Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary during WW I

Historic Invention

May 24 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

  • May 25 Second Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
  • May 25 Chicago Whales' Claude Hendrix no-hits Pittsburgh Rebels (Federal League), 10-0
  • May 26 H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
  • May 31 An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Italian-born American driver Ralph DePalma accompanied by riding mechanic Louis Fontaine wins from Englishman Dario Resta