On This Day

June 1915 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 3 Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in southeastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse
  • Jun 5 Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage
  • Jun 8 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands

Historic Event

Jun 9 William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State

Historic Event

Jun 9 US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania note to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal

  • Jun 10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • Jun 15 US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
  • Jun 16 The foundation of the British Women's Institute

Historic Event

Jun 17 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

  • Jun 20 German offensive in Argonne
  • Jun 21 Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • Jun 21 The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens
  • Jun 22 BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • Jun 23 Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste
  • Jun 26 Germany suppresses "Vorwarts" newspaper after it called for peace
  • Jun 27 100°F (38°C), Fort Yukon, Alaska (state record)
  • Jun 27 Dutch SDAP demonstrates against conscription

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Lester del Rey, American sci-fi author (Moon Trilogy, Marooned on Mars)
  • Jun 2 Walter Tetley, American animation voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 2 Alexandru Nicolschi, Russian communist (d. 1992)
  • Jun 2 Florence Holway, Massachusetts, 75 year old rape victim and activist, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 3 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), born in Saint Vincent, British Windward Islands (d. 1997)
  • Jun 4 Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (1960-68), born in Bamako Coura, Upper Senegal and Niger (d. 1977)
  • Jun 5 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Jun 5 Lancelot Ware, English barrister and co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, born in Mitcham, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • Jun 8 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Jun 8 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92) (d. 2004)

Saul Bellow

Jun 10 Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2005)

  • Jun 11 David Kindersley, British stone letter-carver and typeface designer, born in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Jun 11 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jun 12 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 12 Christopher Mayhew, British politician (d. 1997)
  • Jun 16 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman, and inventor (Gannex raincoats), born in Kaunas, Russsian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Mariano Rumor, Italian statesman (Prime Minister of Italy 1968-70, 1973-4, born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1990)
  • Jun 16 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • Jun 17 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Jun 18 Red Adair, American oilman (fought oil fires in Kuwait), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Jun 19 Julius Schwartz, American editor and agent (d. 2004)
  • Jun 20 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • Jun 24 Charles Dunn, British Japanese scholar (d. 1995)
  • Jun 26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jun 26 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2013)

Weddings in History

T. S. Eliot

Jun 26 Poet T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London


Deaths in History

  • Jun 5 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French artist and sculptor, killed fighting in WWI at 23
  • Jun 20 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies ay 76