1915

Headlines of 1915 were dominated by news revolving around what was called the Great War, or World War 1. The “War to End All Wars” had entered its second year, and was to go on until 1918.

1915

Major events surrounding the war included, first of all, Italy’s shift away from the Triple Alliance (later called the Central Powers) with Germany and Austria-Hungary. When fighting began, Italy instead joined the Triple Entente of Russia, France, and the United Kingdom (later called the Allies). Italy formally joined the Allied Powers under the Treaty of London. Another shift in the Great War included the beginning of the end of American neutrality. In May of 1915, a German U-boat sank the RMS Lusitania, a British passenger ship, as she sailed from New York City to Liverpool, England. Although the vessel was carrying munitions bound for Britain, and there had been notices posted for passengers before departure regarding the dangers of U-boats, over 1,000 passengers died in the attack. This figure included over 100 Americans. This provoked a strong reaction in the United States, and began turning the public, and the Wilson administration, away from neutrality and against Germany. Even so, the United States would not enter the war against the Central Powers until 1917.

In addition to these major shifts in the global political landscape, there were other notable events in 1915. In the field of science, the dwarf planet, Pluto, was photographedfor the first time. At this time, it was still not classified as a planet and had yet to be “demoted” to the status of dwarf planet some years later.

Even in a time of war, everyday life continued (at least in the United States, still a neutral power in 1915). It was this year that the legendary American baseball player, George Herman Ruth, Jr. (better known as “Babe Ruth”) hit his first career home run for the Boston Red Sox and thus began a slugging career that lasted 22 seasons. It was this year, too, that actor and director Orson Welles and singer Frank Sinatra were born.

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Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1915


Literature

  • Romain Rolland

Physics

  • William Henry Bragg
  • William Lawrence Bragg

Chemistry

  • Richard Willstätter

Movies

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Regeneration

Regeneration

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, William Sheer, John McCann

Country: United States of America

Old Heidelberg

Old Heidelberg

Directed by: John Emerson

Starring: Wallace Reid, Dorothy Gish, Karl Formes, Erich von Stroheim

Les vampires

Les vampires

Directed by: Louis Feuillade

Starring: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé

Country: United States of America

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Country: United States of America

The Cheat

The Cheat

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean, James Neill

Country: United States of America

Popular names

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Historical Events

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Events

  • 01 Jan 1915 Jews of Laibach Austria expelled.
  • 04 Jan 1915 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops.
  • 09 Jan 1915 Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated, San Francisco.
  • 11 Jan 1915 Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase New York Yankees for $460,000.
  • 12 Jan 1915 The Rocky Mountain National Park is formed by an act of U.S. Congress.
  • 13 Jan 1915 W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles.
  • 15 Jan 1915 Japan claims economic control of China.
  • 17 Jan 1915 Russia occupies Bukovina and Western Ukraine.
  • 18 Jan 1915 Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die.
  • 19 Jan 1915 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • 21 Jan 1915 Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 22 Jan 1915 Over 600 people are killed in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a train plunges off the tracks into a deep canyon.
  • 24 Jan 1915 German-British sea battle at Doggersbank and Helgoland.
  • 25 Jan 1915 Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
  • 26 Jan 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established.
  • 27 Jan 1915 Military casualties begin arriving at the Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois, established earlier in the month.
  • 28 Jan 1915 US Coast Guard created from Life Saving and Revenue Cutter services.
  • 30 Jan 1915 German submarine attack on Le Havre.
  • 31 Jan 1915 WWI: Germany's first large-scale use of poison gas as a weapon occurs when 18,000 artillery shells containing liquid xylyl bromide tear gas are fired on the Imperial Russian Army on the Rawka River west of Warsaw during the Battle of Bolimov however, freezing temperatures prevent it being effective.
  • 03 Feb 1915 Turkish and German army reach Suez Canal.
  • 04 Feb 1915 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Mississippi Penitentiary.
  • 08 Feb 1915 D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.
  • 12 Feb 1915 The cornerstone is laid for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
  • 17 Feb 1915 Edward Stone, first US combatant to die in WWI, is mortally wounded.
  • 18 Feb 1915 Germany begins a blockade of England.
  • 19 Feb 1915 British fleet fire on Dardanellen coast.
  • 20 Feb 1915 (to December 4) The Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco. The event is held to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and the 400th anniversary of Vasco Nunez de Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 21 Feb 1915 20th Russian Army corps surrenders.
  • 22 Feb 1915 World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • 23 Feb 1915 Germany sinks US ships Carib and Evelyn and torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin.
  • 26 Feb 1915 Malancourt, Argonnen - first (German) flame-thrower.
  • 02 Mar 1915 British Vice Admiral Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts.
  • 03 Mar 1915 National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA forerunner) created.
  • 06 Mar 1915 Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos.
  • 10 Mar 1915 British expedition Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle.
  • 14 Mar 1915 German cruiser Dresden blows itself up near coast of Chile.
  • 15 Mar 1915 Netherlands merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed and sinks in North Sea.
  • 16 Mar 1915 British battle cruisers Inflexible and Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle.
  • 18 Mar 1915 French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed.
  • 19 Mar 1915 Pluto is photographed for the first time but is not then classified as a planet.
  • 23 Mar 1915 Zion Mule Corp forms.
  • 25 Mar 1915 The U.S. submarine F-4 sinks off Hawaii 21 are killed.
  • 26 Mar 1915 Stanley Cup: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Ottawa Senators in 3.
  • 27 Mar 1915 Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.
  • 28 Mar 1915 The first Roman Catholic Liturgy is celebrated by Archbishop John Ireland at the newly consecrated Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • 05 Apr 1915 Jess Willard defeats Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 14 Apr 1915 Dutch merchant navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo.
  • 15 Apr 1915 New York Giants Rube Marquard no-hits Brooklyn, 2-0.
  • 19 Apr 1915 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2.
  • 22 Apr 1915 New York Yankees don pinstripes and hat-in-the-ring logo for first time.
  • 23 Apr 1915 ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA).
  • 24 Apr 1915 Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)
  • 25 Apr 1915 78,000 ANZAC troops land at Gallipoli.
  • 26 Apr 1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia.
  • 01 May 1915 British Lusitania leaves New York, for Liverpool.
  • 02 May 1915 Old Fordham Road in the Bronx renamed Landing Road.
  • 03 May 1915 The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
  • 04 May 1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungaryb and Germany.
  • 05 May 1915 German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom.
  • 06 May 1915 Allies attack Cape Helles, Hellespont.
  • 07 May 1915 World War I: German submarine SM U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.
  • 08 May 1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4.
  • 09 May 1915 World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
  • 10 May 1915 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea.
  • 12 May 1915 Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250.
  • 15 May 1915 AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders
  • 17 May 1915 Last liberal British Government of Asquith falls.
  • 20 May 1915 Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
  • 22 May 1915 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland).
  • 23 May 1915 World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 24 May 1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations.
  • 25 May 1915 Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pittsburgh (Federal League), 10-0.
  • 26 May 1915 H H Asquith forms a coalition government in England.
  • 28 May 1915 John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll.
  • 29 May 1915 Teófilo Braga becomes president of Portugal.
  • 31 May 1915 An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London.
  • 03 Jun 1915 Mexican Revolution: Troops of Obregon and Villa clash at León: Obregon loses his right arm in grenade attack but Villa is decisively defeated.
  • 05 Jun 1915 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • 08 Jun 1915 William Jennings Bryan quits as Secretary of State.
  • 09 Jun 1915 William Jennings Bryan resigns as Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States' handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
  • 10 Jun 1915 British / French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • 12 Jun 1915 29th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Hazel Wightman (46 62 60)
  • 15 Jun 1915 US government mints first $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo.
  • 16 Jun 1915 Foundation of the British Women's Institute.
  • 17 Jun 1915 League to Enforce Peace forms in Philadelphia
  • 18 Jun 1915 21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
  • 20 Jun 1915 German offensive in Argonnes
  • 21 Jun 1915 Anti-British revolt in South-Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • 22 Jun 1915 BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • 23 Jun 1915 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • 26 Jun 1915 Germany suppresses its Vorwarts newspaper after it called for peace
  • 27 Jun 1915 Dutch SDAP demonstrates against conscription
  • 01 Jul 1915 Australian Survey Corps becomes part of the Military Forces.
  • 03 Jul 1915 US military forces occupy Haiti, remain until 1934
  • 07 Jul 1915 World War I: end of First Battle of the Isonzo.
  • 09 Jul 1915 Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa.
  • 10 Jul 1915 British / South African troops march into German SW-Africa
  • 16 Jul 1915 Henry James becomes a British citizen, to highlight his commitment to England during the first World War.
  • 17 Jul 1915 Italian offensive at Isonzo
  • 18 Jul 1915 2nd Battle of Isonzo begins and ends with loss of 280,000 men
  • 19 Jul 1915 Dutch accidents at sea law enforced
  • 24 Jul 1915 Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die.
  • 25 Jul 1915 RFC Captain Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross, for defeating three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day, over the Western Front.
  • 26 Jul 1915 International School for Wijsbegeerte forms
  • 28 Jul 1915 10,000 blacks march on 5th Ave (New York City) protesting lynchings.
  • 29 Jul 1915 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR
  • 05 Aug 1915 German troops over run Warsaw
  • 07 Aug 1915 St. Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Brooklyn rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, and Card runner scores
  • 09 Aug 1915 British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipolis
  • 14 Aug 1915 British transport Royal Edward sank by German U-boat kills 1000
  • 15 Aug 1915 Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia
  • 17 Aug 1915 German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana
  • 18 Aug 1915 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • 19 Aug 1915 Rationing laws go into effect in the Netherlands
  • 20 Aug 1915 Italy declares war on Turkey
  • 23 Aug 1915 Czar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army
  • 25 Aug 1915 Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • 26 Aug 1915 German troops over run Brest-Litovsk, Russia
  • 29 Aug 1915 US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in accident.
  • 31 Aug 1915 Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits New York Giants, 2-0.
  • 05 Sep 1915 35th US Mens Tennis: William Johnston beats McLoughlin (16 60 75 108)
  • 07 Sep 1915 35th US Mens Tennis: Wm Johnston beats M E McLoughlin (16 60 75 108)
  • 08 Sep 1915 WWI: A Zeppelin raid destroys No.61 Farringdon Road, London. It Is rebuilt in 1917 and called The Zeppelin Building.
  • 15 Sep 1915 Boston Braves beat Saint Louis Cardinals 20-1.
  • 16 Sep 1915 Czar Nicolas II adjourns 4th Duma
  • 18 Sep 1915 Boston Braves trounce Saint Louis Cardinals 20-1.
  • 21 Sep 1915 Emanuel Querido (Kerido) begins publishing Querido
  • 22 Sep 1915 Red Sox ask Braves for use of their larger park for World Series
  • 25 Sep 1915 World War I: The Second Battle of Champagne begins.
  • 28 Sep 1915 Battle of Kut-el-Amara: Brits defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
  • 29 Sep 1915 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent
  • 30 Sep 1915 Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit
  • 03 Oct 1915 7.8 earthquake shakes Pleasant Valley, Nevada
  • 04 Oct 1915 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah is established
  • 05 Oct 1915 Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
  • 07 Oct 1915 Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland College 222-0 in football (record)
  • 08 Oct 1915 Battle of Loos, almost 430,000 French, British and Germans killed
  • 09 Oct 1915 Belgrade Serbia, surrenders to Central leaders
  • 11 Oct 1915 Bulgarian anti Serbian offensive begins
  • 12 Oct 1915 Ford Motor Company manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile
  • 13 Oct 1915 Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Phillies, four games to one in 12th World Series.
  • 15 Oct 1915 WWI: Austria-Hungary invades the Kingdom of Serbia. Kingdom of Bulgaria enters the war, invading Kingdom of Serbia. The retreat of the Serbian First Army towards Greece begins the Serbian Campaign (WWI).
  • 16 Oct 1915 Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria
  • 18 Oct 1915 3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo
  • 19 Oct 1915 Russia / Italy declares war on Bulgaria
  • 23 Oct 1915 25,000 women march in New York City, demanding right to vote.
  • 27 Oct 1915 William Morris Hughes becomes the 7th Prime Minister of Australia.
  • 28 Oct 1915 Richard Strauss conducts the first performance of his tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie in Berlin.
  • 29 Oct 1915 Aristide Briand becomes Premier of France
  • 01 Nov 1915 Parris Island is officially designated a US Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
  • 06 Nov 1915 1st military flight in the Netherlands East Indies (Tandjong Priok)
  • 07 Nov 1915 Austrian submarine torpedoes Italian passenger ship (272 kill)
  • 09 Nov 1915 Italian liner Ancona sinks by German torpedos, killing 272
  • 12 Nov 1915 Britain annexes Gilbert and Ellice archipelago
  • 14 Nov 1915 Thomas Masaryk demands independence for Czechoslovakia
  • 18 Nov 1915 Release of the U.S. silent film ''Inspiration'', the first mainstream movie in which a leading actress (Audrey Munson) appears nude.
  • 20 Nov 1915 7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7
  • 23 Nov 1915 The ''Triangle Film Corporation'' opens its new motion picture theater in Massillon, Ohio.
  • 24 Nov 1915 Serbian leader flees to Albania
  • 25 Nov 1915 The theory of general relativity is formulated.
  • 04 Dec 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition opens
  • 10 Dec 1915 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled.
  • 12 Dec 1915 Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia.
  • 14 Dec 1915 Jack Johnson is first black world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • 16 Dec 1915 Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity".
  • 18 Dec 1915 President Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt.
  • 20 Dec 1915 Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia.
  • 21 Dec 1915 25.83 cm (10.17 inches) of rainfall, Glenora Oregon (state record).
  • 22 Dec 1915 Organized baseball and Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati Ohio.
  • 23 Dec 1915 The HMHS ''Britannic'', the largest individual British loss in WWI, departs Liverpool on her maiden voyage.
  • 25 Dec 1915 In WWI, British and German forces declare a Christmas truce, get out of the trenches and have a free-for-all kick-around football game in no-man's land.
  • 26 Dec 1915 The Irish Republican Brotherhood Military Council decides to stage a rising on Easter Sunday 1916.
  • 28 Dec 1915 San Francisco City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph.
  • 30 Dec 1915 Cromarty Harbour, Scottish-British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die.