On This Day

April 1915 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President and Founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and Founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Antony Dornhorst, British physician and Professor of Medicine, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 2 Arthur Ballard, artist
  • Apr 3 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, born in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jabron, France (d. 1996)
  • Apr 3 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish paediatrician, academic and the founder of YÖK, born in Arbil, Ottoman Empire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 4 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), born in Příbram, Czech Republic (d. 1970)
  • Apr 4 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), born in Sundsvall, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Apr 7 Henry Kuttner, American sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were)
  • Apr 9 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician, 20th Premier of Quebec, born in Danville, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • Apr 9 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist and poet, born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 2014)
  • Apr 12 Emil Petaja, American sci-fi author (Star Mill, Tramontane), born in Milltown, Missoula County, Montana (d. 2000)
  • Apr 13 Bert Peleman, Flemish writer, born in Puurs, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • Apr 13 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester) (d. 2000)
  • Apr 13 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Apr 13 Tom Greenshields, English sculptor, born in Devon, England (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Dany Tuijnman, Dutch politician (Minister of Transport and Water Management), born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 18 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Apr 20 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • Apr 21 Frick [W Groebli], Swiss clown, Frick & Frack)
  • Apr 22 Edward Larrabee Barnes, American architect (Walker Art Center), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 23 Arnold Hall, British aeronautical engineer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Aksel Quintus Bosz, Surinamese lawyer, born in Pasuruan, Java, Indonesia (d. 1993)
  • Apr 25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 14 James Hutton Brew, Pioneer of West African Journalism, dies
  • Apr 16 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, dies at 73
  • Apr 23 Rupert Brooke, British WW I poet (Lithuania, The Soldier), dies at 27
  • Apr 25 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • Apr 27 John Labatt, Canadian brewer & businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), dies at 76