Events in year of 1915

  • 01-01DW Griffith shows "Clansman" at a sneak preview
  • 01-01Jews of Laibach Austria expelled
  • 01-041st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho
  • 01-04Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops
  • 01-09Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated, San Francisco
  • 01-11Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Col Tillinghast Huston purchase Yanks for $460,000
  • 01-12House of Reps rejects proposal to give women right to vote
  • 01-13Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800
  • 01-13W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles
  • 01-15Japan claims economic control of China
  • 01-16Congress authorizes $1 and $50 Panama-Pacific International Expo gold coin
  • 01-17Russia occupies Bukovina and Western Ukraine
  • 01-18Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die
  • 01-191st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • 01-19Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
  • 01-21Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
  • 01-24German-British sea battle at Doggersbank and Helgoland
  • 01-25Alexander Graham Bell in New York calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco
  • 01-25Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (New York to San Francisco)
  • 01-26Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo established
  • 01-27US Marines occupy Haiti
  • 01-281st US ship lost in WWI, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • 01-28US Coast Guard created from Life Saving and Revenue Cutter services
  • 01-28US President Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
  • 01-30German submarine attack on Le Havre
  • 01-311st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians
  • 02-03Turkish and German army reach Suez Canal
  • 02-04Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Miss Penitentiary
  • 02-071st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
  • 02-072nd Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army

People born in year of 1915

  • 01-01Francois Bondy: Writer
  • 01-01Lewis Bingham Keeble: Town planner
  • 01-02John Hope Franklin: Historian
  • 01-05Mabel Leigh: Potter
  • 01-05Uta Graf: Singer / teacher
  • 01-06Alan Watts: Kent, England -- Writer (Book on the Taboo)
  • 01-06Don Edwards: (Rep-D-California, 1963- )
  • 01-07Herman Musaph: Dutch psychiatrist / sexologist / founder (NVSH)
  • 01-09Anita Louise: NYC, New York -- Actress (My Friend Flicka)
  • 01-09Fernando Lamas: Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Actor ("You look marvelous")
  • 01-10Dean Dixon: Zug, Switzerland -- Conductor
  • 01-12Ernest Armstrong: Miner / politician
  • 01-12Frank Annunzio: (Rep-D-Illinois, 1965- )
  • 01-12Joseph Roy George Ralston: Pilot
  • 01-12Martin Agronsky: Journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia)
  • 01-13Edward Frederick Weston Goodman: Property developer
  • 01-14Andre Frossard: Catholic columnist
  • 01-19Alvy West: Brooklyn, New York -- Orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show)
  • 01-20C W Ceram [Kurt W Marek]: German / US writer (March of Archaeology)
  • 01-21Alan Hewitt: NYC, New York -- Actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian)
  • 01-23Herma Bauma: Austria -- Javelin thrower (1948 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-23Potter Stewart: Michigan, United States -- 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81)
  • 01-24Robert B Motherwell: United States -- Painter (Elegies to the Spanish Republic)
  • 01-24Vitezslava Kapralova: Composer
  • 01-25Michael Duane: Educationalist
  • 01-26William Hopper: NYC, New York -- Actor (Paul Drake-Perry Mason)
  • 01-27Jack Brymer: Clarinettist
  • 01-29Frederic Ramsey, Jr.: Folklorist / author
  • 01-29Halfdan Rasmussen: Danish poet / WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 01-29Victor Mature: Louisville, Kentucky -- Actor (1 Million BC, Samson & Delilah)

People died in year of 1915

  • 01-02Karl Goldmark: Austria-Hungarian Composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • 01-03James E Flecker: British diplomat / Novelist (Hassan), dies at 30
  • 01-15Guillaume Couture: Composer, dies at 63
  • 02-07Wladyslaw Gorski: Composer, dies at 68
  • 02-10Albert J-BJ Thijs: Belgian Colonial pioneer (Congo), dies at 65
  • 02-12Charles Emile Waldteufel: Composer, dies at 77
  • 02-16Emil Waldteufel [Charles Levy]: French Composer (Estudiantina)
  • 02-23Robert Smalls: Reconstruction congressman, dies at 75 in South Carolina
  • 02-25George Mimot: Physician (Nobel-1934)
  • 03-13Sergei J Witte: Dutch count / Premier of Russia, dies at 65
  • 03-17Walter Crane: English Painter / cartoonist / illustrator, dies at 69
  • 04-01Johann Joseph Abert: Composer, dies at 82
  • 04-14James Hutton Brew: Pioneer of West African Journalism
  • 04-17Johannes P Kelly [Kellij]: Dutch actor / operetta writer, dies at 60
  • 04-23Rupert Chawner Brooke: English Poet (Lithuania), dies at 27
  • 04-27Alexander N Skriabin: Russ pianist / Composer (Prometheus), dies at 43
  • 05-07Alfred G Vanderbilt: US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 05-07Alfred Scott Witherbee, Jr.: US Lusitania officer
  • 05-07Charles Frohman: Dies aboard Lusitania
  • 05-08Henry McNeal Turner: 1 US black army chaplain, dies at 82
  • 05-10Albert Weisgerber: German Painter / graphic artist, dies in battle
  • 06-04William Charles Denis Browne: Composer, dies at 26
  • 06-05Brzeska: Sculptor
  • 06-07Benjamin Lambord: Composer, dies at 35
  • 06-19Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Russian Composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • 06-20Emil Rathenau: German industrialist (AEG)
  • 07-10Hendrik W Mesdag: Painter (Panorama Mesdag)
  • 07-15Ludwik Grossman: Composer, dies at 80
  • 07-17Francesco Fanciulli: Composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • 07-18George William Louis Marshall-Hall: Composer, dies at 53

Events in year of 1916

  • 01-011st football game in Rose Bowl (Washington State-Brown)
  • 01-011st issue of "Journal of Negro History" published
  • 01-05Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
  • 01-07German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun
  • 01-10Russian offensive in Kaukasus
  • 01-11French troops capture / Serbian army flees to Corfu
  • 01-12Britain proclaims Gilbert and Ellice Is colony in Pacific
  • 01-14Dutch South Sea dike cracks
  • 01-171st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy Country Club - Bronxville, New York
  • 01-17Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in New York City
  • 01-25Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary
  • 01-27Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
  • 01-281st Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
  • 01-28German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain and France
  • 01-28Opera "Goyescas, " premieres (NYC)
  • 01-291st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • 01-31Dutch Girl Guides form
  • 02-03Tristan Tzar publishes Dada-manifest in Zurich Switzerland
  • 02-05Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Company
  • 02-08French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
  • 02-08NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats
  • 02-09NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, and Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
  • 02-11Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • 02-11Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
  • 02-121st edition of Joseph Patterson / Sidney Smith strip "Gumps"
  • 02-15New York Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
  • 02-16Russian troops conquer Erzurum Armenia
  • 02-21Battle of Verdun in WWI begins (1 million casualties)
  • 02-23Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
  • 02-23French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun

People born in year of 1916

  • 01-03Antonio Estevez: Composer
  • 01-03Betty Furness: NYC, New York -- Actress / consumer activist (Studio 1)
  • 01-04Catherina Elisabeth "Tootje" Vreede: Portrait painter
  • 01-04Robert Parrish: Columbus, Georgia -- Director (Casino Royale)
  • 01-06Philip Bezanson: Composer
  • 01-07Gerrit Schulte [Le Fou Pedalant]: Dutch 6 day bicyclist
  • 01-07Paul Keres: USSR -- Chess grandmaster (1950)
  • 01-09Alain Bernardin: Impressario (Crazy Horse Saloon)
  • 01-09Vic Mizzy: Brooklyn, New York -- Orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show)
  • 01-11Bernard Blier: Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Actor (Les Miserables)
  • 01-11James H [Jimmy] Quillen: (Rep-R-Tennessee, 1963- )
  • 01-12A P[ieter] W Botha: Orange Free State, South Africa -- President of South Africa
  • 01-13Bella Lewitsky: Choreographer
  • 01-13Osa Massen: Copenhagen, Denmark -- Actress (Jack London, Rocketship XM)
  • 01-14John Oliver Killens: Novelist
  • 01-15Mikki Doyle: Journalist
  • 01-16Frederick Stewart: British geologist
  • 01-17Joel Herron: Chicago, Illinois -- Orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show)
  • 01-20Jopie [Johan A] Pengel: Premier of Suriname (1963-69)
  • 01-20Walter Bartley: Biochemist
  • 01-21[JW] Al James Woodie exander: Songwriter / vocalist
  • 01-22Henri Dutilleux: Angers, France -- Composer
  • 01-24John Corner: Scientist
  • 01-26Lothar Jensch: Composer
  • 01-28Peter Crossley-Holland: Composer
  • 01-29Barbara Skelton: Writer
  • 01-31Ciro D Crown: Premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
  • 01-31Frank A Parker: Tennis champ (US Open-1944)
  • 01-31Violet Cane: Statistician
  • 02-01Gordon Hobday: Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)

People died in year of 1916

  • 01-14Otto Ammon: German anthropologist / sociologist, dies at 73
  • 01-16Arnold Aletrino: Dut physician-criminologist (From Death), dies at 57
  • 01-22Iwan Knorr: Composer, dies at 63
  • 01-29Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvils: Composer, dies at 62
  • 02-01Anton Simon: Composer, dies at 65
  • 02-06Anne C A I van Diest: Belgian Physician / feminist, dies at 73
  • 02-09Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek: Composer, dies at 90
  • 02-12J W Richard Dedekind: German mathematician
  • 02-14Petko J Todorov: Bulgaria writer (Zmejova), dies at 36
  • 02-15Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky: Composer, dies at 73
  • 02-16[Gerard] Jan Ligthart: Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57
  • 02-16Jeltje de Bosch Kemper: Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • 02-19Ernst Mach: Austrian physicist / philosopher / psychologist, dies at 78
  • 02-20Klas Pontus Arnoldson: Swedish politician (Nobel 1908), dies at 71
  • 02-23George Clement Martin: Composer, dies at 71
  • 02-28Henry James: US / British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
  • 02-29Edward H J Keurvels: Flemish conductor / Composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • 03-02Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva]: Queen of Romania, dies at 72
  • 03-04Franz Marc: German Painter / co-founder (Blaue Reiter), killed at 36
  • 03-12M v Ebner-Eschenbach: Writer, dies at 39
  • 03-21Victor de Stuers: Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • 04-01Gabrielle Petit: Belgian resistance fighter, executed
  • 04-09Vicente Goicoechea Errasti: Composer, dies at 62
  • 04-11Richard Harding Davis: Journalist, dies at 52
  • 04-15Alfred Cogniaux: Belgian botanist, dies at 75
  • 05-06Dirk Bos: Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
  • 05-06Earl Ross Drake: Composer, dies at 50
  • 05-11Karl Schwarzschild: German astronomer (s-effect)
  • 05-11Max [Johann BJM] Reger: German Composer / pianist / organist, dies at 43
  • 05-11Max Reger: Composer, dies at 43