1915: On This Year


1915 (MCMXV in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1915th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1915 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1915 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1915, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1915, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1915, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1915, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1915.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1915 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1915 known for ?

  • 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.
  • 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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1915: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1915 were:

The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1) by John Buchan

The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)


Adventurer Richard Hannay, recently returned from South Africa, finds himself embroiled in a mysterious assassination plot that threatens the political stability of Europe. Fleeing to Scotland, Hannay must evade both the police and a cunning adversary while unraveling the enigma …

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories


Franz Kafka, now one of the world's most widely read authors, is known for his nightmarish novels and short stories that symbolize modern man's anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This collection showcases Kafka's masterpieces, including …

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage


Philip Carey, a clubfooted orphan, develops into an impressionable young man with a strong desire for adventure and knowledge. His quest leads him to Paris to pursue art and then to London to study medicine, but his insatiable hunger for …

The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

The Art of Public Speaking


The key to becoming a confident and effective public speaker is to practice regularly, assume a positive mindset, and focus on your subject matter rather than your own self-consciousness. Dale Carnegie, a renowned expert in public speaking and personality development, …

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis


Gregor Samsa, a young man, wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect, leading to his family's disgrace and his own feelings of alienation and isolation, which Kafka explores in this harrowing yet absurdly comic masterpiece that has …

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1915: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1915?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1915 was the Year of the Rabbit.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Rabbit sign.

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1915: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

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1915: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1915 were John, William and James for boys and Mary, Helen and Dorothy for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1915: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1915 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • John
  • William
  • James
  • Robert
  • Joseph
  • George
  • Charles
  • Edward
  • Frank
  • Thomas

1915: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1915 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Helen
  • Dorothy
  • Margaret
  • Ruth
  • Mildred
  • Anna
  • Elizabeth
  • Frances
  • Evelyn

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1915: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1915, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was The Fiddle and I by Alma Gluck

1915: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1915 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. The Fiddle and I by Alma Gluck
  2. A Perfect Day by McKee's Orchestra
  3. Ragging the Scale by Conway's Band
  4. Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Homer Rodeheaver
  5. When It's Peach Picking Time in Delaware by Henry Burr & Albert Campbell
  6. My Wild Irish Rose by John McCormack
  7. The Village Gossips by Cal Stewart & Byron G. Harlan
  8. Uncle Josh in a Barber Shop by Cal Stewart

1915: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1915 were:

The Birth of a Nation

Release year: 1915

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

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

Country: United States of America

The Cheat

Release year: 1915

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

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

Country: United States of America

The Tramp

Release year: 1915

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Lloyd Bacon, Bud Jamison


Release year: 1915

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

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

Country: United States of America

Old Heidelberg

Release year: 1915

Directed by: John Emerson

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


What happened in 1915?

Here's what happened in 1915:

  • Jan 1, 1915: Jews of Laibach Austria expelled.
  • Jan 4, 1915: Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops.
  • Jan 9, 1915: Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated, San Francisco.
  • Jan 11, 1915: Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase New York Yankees for $460,000.
  • Jan 12, 1915: The Rocky Mountain National Park is formed by an act of U.S. Congress.
  • Jan 13, 1915: W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles.
  • Jan 15, 1915: Japan claims economic control of China.
  • Jan 17, 1915: Russia occupies Bukovina and Western Ukraine.
  • Jan 18, 1915: Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die.
  • Jan 19, 1915: 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • Jan 21, 1915: Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Jan 22, 1915: Over 600 people are killed in Guadalajara, Mexico, when a train plunges off the tracks into a deep canyon.
  • Jan 24, 1915: German-British sea battle at Doggersbank and Helgoland.
  • Jan 25, 1915: Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
  • Jan 26, 1915: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established.
  • Jan 27, 1915: Military casualties begin arriving at the Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois, established earlier in the month.
  • Jan 28, 1915: US Coast Guard created from Life Saving and Revenue Cutter services.
  • Jan 30, 1915: German submarine attack on Le Havre.
  • Jan 31, 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.
  • Feb 3, 1915: Turkish and German army reach Suez Canal.
  • Feb 4, 1915: Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Mississippi Penitentiary.
  • Feb 8, 1915: D. W. Griffith's controversial landmark film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.
  • Feb 12, 1915: The cornerstone is laid for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
  • Feb 17, 1915: Edward Stone, first US combatant to die in WWI, is mortally wounded.
  • Feb 18, 1915: Germany begins a blockade of England.
  • Feb 19, 1915: British fleet fire on Dardanellen coast.
  • Feb 20, 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.
  • Feb 21, 1915: 20th Russian Army corps surrenders.
  • Feb 22, 1915: World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • Feb 23, 1915: Germany sinks US ships Carib and Evelyn and torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin.
  • Feb 26, 1915: Malancourt, Argonnen - first (German) flame-thrower.
  • Mar 2, 1915: British Vice Admiral Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts.
  • Mar 3, 1915: National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA forerunner) created.
  • Mar 6, 1915: Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos.
  • Mar 10, 1915: British expedition Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle.
  • Mar 14, 1915: German cruiser Dresden blows itself up near coast of Chile.
  • Mar 15, 1915: Netherlands merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed and sinks in North Sea.
  • Mar 16, 1915: British battle cruisers Inflexible and Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle.
  • Mar 18, 1915: French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed.
  • Mar 19, 1915: Pluto is photographed for the first time but is not then classified as a planet.
  • Mar 23, 1915: Zion Mule Corp forms.
  • Mar 25, 1915: The U.S. submarine F-4 sinks off Hawaii 21 are killed.
  • Mar 26, 1915: Stanley Cup: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Ottawa Senators in 3.
  • Mar 27, 1915: Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine for the second time, where she would remain for the rest of her life.
  • Mar 28, 1915: The first Roman Catholic Liturgy is celebrated by Archbishop John Ireland at the newly consecrated Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Apr 5, 1915: Jess Willard defeats Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title.
  • Apr 14, 1915: Dutch merchant navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo.
  • Apr 15, 1915: New York Giants Rube Marquard no-hits Brooklyn, 2-0.
  • Apr 19, 1915: 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2.
  • Apr 22, 1915: New York Yankees don pinstripes and hat-in-the-ring logo for first time.
  • Apr 23, 1915: ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA).
  • Apr 24, 1915: Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts
  • Apr 25, 1915: 78,000 ANZAC troops land at Gallipoli.
  • Apr 26, 1915: Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia.
  • May 1, 1915: British Lusitania leaves New York, for Liverpool.
  • May 2, 1915: Old Fordham Road in the Bronx renamed Landing Road.
  • May 3, 1915: The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
  • May 4, 1915: Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungaryb and Germany.
  • May 5, 1915: German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom.
  • May 6, 1915: Allies attack Cape Helles, Hellespont.
  • May 7, 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.
  • May 8, 1915: 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4.
  • May 9, 1915: World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
  • May 10, 1915: Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea.
  • May 12, 1915: Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250.
  • May 15, 1915: AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders
  • May 17, 1915: Last liberal British Government of Asquith falls.
  • May 20, 1915: Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
  • May 22, 1915: Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland).
  • May 23, 1915: World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • May 24, 1915: Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations.
  • May 25, 1915: Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pittsburgh (Federal League), 10-0.
  • May 26, 1915: H H Asquith forms a coalition government in England.
  • May 28, 1915: John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll.
  • May 29, 1915: Teófilo Braga becomes president of Portugal.
  • May 31, 1915: An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London.
  • Jun 3, 1915: Mexican Revolution: Troops of Obregon and Villa clash at León: Obregon loses his right arm in grenade attack but Villa is decisively defeated.
  • Jun 5, 1915: 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • Jun 8, 1915: William Jennings Bryan quits as Secretary of State.
  • Jun 9, 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.
  • Jun 10, 1915: British / French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • Jun 12, 1915: 29th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Hazel Wightman
  • Jun 15, 1915: US government mints first $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo.
  • Jun 16, 1915: Foundation of the British Women's Institute.
  • Jun 17, 1915: League to Enforce Peace forms in Philadelphia
  • Jun 18, 1915: 21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
  • Jun 20, 1915: German offensive in Argonnes
  • Jun 21, 1915: Anti-British revolt in South-Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • Jun 22, 1915: BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service
  • Jun 23, 1915: Zeb Turner, country-rock performer
  • Jun 26, 1915: Germany suppresses its Vorwarts newspaper after it called for peace
  • Jun 27, 1915: Dutch SDAP demonstrates against conscription
  • Jul 1, 1915: Australian Survey Corps becomes part of the Military Forces.
  • Jul 3, 1915: US military forces occupy Haiti, remain until 1934
  • Jul 7, 1915: World War I: end of First Battle of the Isonzo.
  • Jul 9, 1915: Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa.
  • Jul 10, 1915: British / South African troops march into German SW-Africa
  • Jul 16, 1915: Henry James becomes a British citizen, to highlight his commitment to England during the first World War.
  • Jul 17, 1915: Italian offensive at Isonzo
  • Jul 18, 1915: 2nd Battle of Isonzo begins and ends with loss of 280,000 men
  • Jul 19, 1915: Dutch accidents at sea law enforced
  • Jul 24, 1915: Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die.
  • Jul 25, 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.
  • Jul 26, 1915: International School for Wijsbegeerte forms
  • Jul 28, 1915: 10,000 blacks march on 5th Ave (New York City) protesting lynchings.
  • Jul 29, 1915: Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR
  • Aug 5, 1915: German troops over run Warsaw
  • Aug 7, 1915: St. Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Brooklyn rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, and Card runner scores
  • Aug 9, 1915: British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipolis
  • Aug 14, 1915: British transport Royal Edward sank by German U-boat kills 1000
  • Aug 15, 1915: Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia
  • Aug 17, 1915: German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana
  • Aug 18, 1915: Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • Aug 19, 1915: Rationing laws go into effect in the Netherlands
  • Aug 20, 1915: Italy declares war on Turkey
  • Aug 23, 1915: Czar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army
  • Aug 25, 1915: Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • Aug 26, 1915: German troops over run Brest-Litovsk, Russia
  • Aug 29, 1915: US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in accident.
  • Aug 31, 1915: Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits New York Giants, 2-0.
  • Sep 5, 1915: 35th US Mens Tennis: William Johnston beats McLoughlin
  • Sep 7, 1915: 35th US Mens Tennis: Wm Johnston beats M E McLoughlin (16 60 75 108)
  • Sep 8, 1915: WWI: A Zeppelin raid destroys No.61 Farringdon Road, London. It Is rebuilt in 1917 and called The Zeppelin Building.
  • Sep 15, 1915: Boston Braves beat Saint Louis Cardinals 20-1.
  • Sep 16, 1915: Czar Nicolas II adjourns 4th Duma
  • Sep 18, 1915: Boston Braves trounce Saint Louis Cardinals 20-1.
  • Sep 21, 1915: Emanuel Querido (Kerido) begins publishing Querido
  • Sep 22, 1915: Red Sox ask Braves for use of their larger park for World Series
  • Sep 25, 1915: World War I: The Second Battle of Champagne begins.
  • Sep 28, 1915: Battle of Kut-el-Amara: Brits defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
  • Sep 29, 1915: 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent
  • Sep 30, 1915: Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit
  • Oct 3, 1915: 7.8 earthquake shakes Pleasant Valley, Nevada
  • Oct 4, 1915: Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah is established
  • Oct 5, 1915: Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers.
  • Oct 7, 1915: Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland College 222-0 in football
  • Oct 8, 1915: Battle of Loos, almost 430,000 French, British and Germans killed
  • Oct 9, 1915: Belgrade Serbia, surrenders to Central leaders
  • Oct 11, 1915: Bulgarian anti Serbian offensive begins
  • Oct 12, 1915: Ford Motor Company manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile
  • Oct 13, 1915: Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Phillies, four games to one in 12th World Series.
  • Oct 15, 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).
  • Oct 16, 1915: Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria
  • Oct 18, 1915: 3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo
  • Oct 19, 1915: Russia / Italy declares war on Bulgaria
  • Oct 23, 1915: 25,000 women march in New York City, demanding right to vote.
  • Oct 27, 1915: William Morris Hughes becomes the 7th Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Oct 28, 1915: Richard Strauss conducts the first performance of his tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie in Berlin.
  • Oct 29, 1915: Aristide Briand becomes Premier of France
  • Nov 1, 1915: Parris Island is officially designated a US Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
  • Nov 6, 1915: 1st military flight in the Netherlands East Indies
  • Nov 7, 1915: Austrian submarine torpedoes Italian passenger ship
  • Nov 9, 1915: Italian liner Ancona sinks by German torpedos, killing 272
  • Nov 12, 1915: Britain annexes Gilbert and Ellice archipelago
  • Nov 14, 1915: Thomas Masaryk demands independence for Czechoslovakia
  • Nov 18, 1915: Release of the U.S. silent film ''Inspiration'', the first mainstream movie in which a leading actress (Audrey Munson) appears nude.
  • Nov 20, 1915: 7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7
  • Nov 23, 1915: The ''Triangle Film Corporation'' opens its new motion picture theater in Massillon, Ohio.
  • Nov 24, 1915: Serbian leader flees to Albania
  • Nov 25, 1915: The theory of general relativity is formulated.
  • Dec 4, 1915: Panama Pacific International Exposition opens
  • Dec 10, 1915: 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled.
  • Dec 12, 1915: Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia.
  • Dec 14, 1915: Jack Johnson is first black world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • Dec 16, 1915: Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity".
  • Dec 18, 1915: President Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt.
  • Dec 20, 1915: Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia.
  • Dec 21, 1915: 25.83 cm (10.17 inches) of rainfall, Glenora Oregon (state record).
  • Dec 22, 1915: Organized baseball and Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati Ohio.
  • Dec 23, 1915: The HMHS ''Britannic'', the largest individual British loss in WWI, departs Liverpool on her maiden voyage.
  • Dec 25, 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.
  • Dec 26, 1915: The Irish Republican Brotherhood Military Council decides to stage a rising on Easter Sunday 1916.
  • Dec 28, 1915: San Francisco City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph.
  • Dec 30, 1915: Cromarty Harbour, Scottish-British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die.
  • Jan 13, 1915: The 6.7 M  Avezzano earthquake shakes the Province of L'Aquila in Italy with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (), killing between 29,978 and 32,610.


What does the year 1915 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1915 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 16th year of the 20th century and the 5th year of the 1910s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1914 and precedes 1916.

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