January 1915 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 DW Griffith shows "Clansman" at a sneak preview
  • Jan 1 Jews of Laibach Austria expelled
  • Jan 4 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho
  • Jan 4 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops
  • Jan 9 Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated in San Francisco
  • Jan 11 Col Jacob Ruppert & Col Tillinghast Huston purchase Yanks for $460,000
  • Jan 12 US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote
  • Jan 13 Earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800
  • Jan 13 Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, presents plan for assault on Dardanelles
  • Jan 15 Japan claims economic control of China
  • Jan 16 Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin
  • Jan 17 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens
  • Jan 17 Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine
  • Jan 18 Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die
  • Jan 18 Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
  • Jan 19 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • Jan 19 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
  • Jan 21 Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
  • Jan 24 German-British sea battle at Dogger Bank & Helgoland

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Jan 25 Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco

  • Jan 25 Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (NY to San Francisco)
  • Jan 26 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established
  • Jan 27 US Marines occupy Haiti
  • Jan 28 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • Jan 28 The United States Coast Guard is created by merging the US Life Saving Service & the US Revenue Cutter Service

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Jan 28 US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Jan 30 German submarine attack on Le Havre
  • Jan 30 No 10 batsman F W Hyett scores century on debut, Vic v Tas
  • Jan 31 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Francois Bondy, writer
  • Jan 1 Lewis Bingham Keeble, town planner
  • Jan 2 John Hope Franklin, historian
  • Jan 3 Jack Levine, American social realist painter, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015),
  • Jan 5 Mabel Leigh, British potter (Shorter and Son)
  • Jan 5 Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian-born cartographer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 6 Alan Watts, writer (Book on the Taboo), born in Kent, England
  • Jan 6 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • Jan 6 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst, writer (d. 2001)
  • Jan 7 Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist/sexologist/founder (NVSH)
  • Jan 11 Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service (d. 1955)
  • Jan 12 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, born in Stanley, County Durham (d. 1996)
  • Jan 12 Frank Annunzio, (Rep-D-IL, 1965- )
  • Jan 12 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot
  • Jan 12 Martin Agronsky, journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia)
  • Jan 12 Paul Jarrico, American writer (d. 1997)
  • Jan 12 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa
  • Jan 13 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property developer
  • Jan 14 Andre Frossard, Catholic columnist
  • Jan 14 Mark Goodson, American game show producer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 C W Ceram, [Kurt W Marek], German/US writer (March of Archaeology)
  • Jan 20 Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 2006)
  • Jan 23 Potter Stewart, Mich, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)
  • Jan 24 Robert B Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to the Spanish Republic)
  • Jan 25 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist and author, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Jan 29 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author
  • Jan 29 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • Jan 30 John D Profumo, England, politician (C)
  • Jan 30 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Jan 30 Joachim Peiper, German SS officer (d. 1976, by assassination)
  • Jan 31 Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)

Person of interestThomas Merton

Jan 31 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • Jan 31 William Crosbie, artist

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 James E Flecker, British diplomat/novelist (Hassan), dies at 30
  • Jan 13 Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • Jan 14 Richard Meux Benson, founder of Anglican religious order (b. 1824)
  • Jan 15 Fannie Farmer, American culinary pioneer who revolutionised modern cooking through the introduction of precise measurements (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book), dies of complications of a stroke at 57
  • Jan 28 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist and mathematician known for discovering the Umov-Poynting vector and Umov effect, dies at 68