1915 in History – What happened in year 1915

✅ Published on April 7th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1915 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1915.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1915 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
13 januaryAbout 30,000 people in Avezzano, Italy—96% of its population—were killed when an earthquake struck the region.
18 januaryJapanese Prime Minister Okuma Shigenobu issued the Twenty-One Demands to China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
23 januaryThe Chilembwe uprising, regarded as a seminal moment in the history of Malawi, began as rebels, led by a minister, attacked local plantation owners.
08 februaryFilm director D. W. Griffith The Birth of a Nation was released, becoming one of the most influential and controversial films in the history of American cinema.
03 marchThe National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), thepredecessor of NASA, was founded.
09 marchThe Panama–California Exposition opened in San Diego's BalboaPark, celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal.
14 marchFirst World War-British forces cornered and sank the SMSDresden, the last remnant of the German East Asia Squadron, near theChilean island of Más a Tierra.
27 marchTyphoid Mary, the first person to be identified as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, was placed into quarantine, where she would spend the rest of her life.
24 aprilThe Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire began with thearrest and deportation of hundreds of prominent Armenians in Constantinople.
25 aprilFirst World War-Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landedat Anzac Cove while British and French troops landed at Cape Helles tobegin the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire.
03 mayThe oldest continually operational Royal Air Force station, RAF Northolt, opened as the home to No. 4 Reserve Aeroplane Squadron.
03 mayCanadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote 'InFlanders Fields', later considered one of the most notable poems written during the First World War.
09 mayBritish forces launched the Battle of Aubers Ridge, anoffensive on the Western Front which was part of the larger FrenchSecond Battle of Artois.
22 mayFive trains were involved in a crash near Gretna Green,Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246 others.
22 mayLassen Peak, in the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California, violently erupted, the only volcanic eruption in the contiguous U.S. in the 20th century until Mount St. Helens in 1980.
22 mayFive trains were involved in the United Kingdom's deadliesttrain crash near Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246 others.
23 mayThe Quintinshill rail disaster took place on May 22, 1915 near Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, involving 5 trains in the collision. This was the worst rail crash in the history of United Kingdom in terms of fatalities, 226 people were killed in the accident and 246 were injured.
24 mayWorld War I: Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, join the conflict on the side of the Allies. The Entente Powers or Allies were the countries at war with the Central Powers during World War I. The members of the Triple Entente were the French Republic, the British Empire and the Russian Empire.
25 maySabarmati ashram was established by MK Gandhi. Sabarmati Ashram is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad Gujarat. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, generally called Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi.
27 mayHMS Princess Irene was obliterated by an explosion off Sheerness, United Kingdom with the loss of 352 lives.
05 juneDenmark amended its constitution to allow women suffrage. It was a moment for gaining the right to vote for woman. In the earlier times women were not given right to vote. This was a huge worldwide moment in which women actively participated.
01 julyWorld War I-German fighter pilot Kurt Wintgens became the first person to shoot down another plane in aerial combat using asynchronized machine gun.
07 julySinhalese army officer Henry Pedris was wrongly executed byBritish authorities for allegedly inciting race riots, hastening the SriLankan independence movement.
24 julyThe passenger ship SS Eastland rolled over while tied to a dockin the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and crew, the largest lossof life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
15 augustThe New York World revealed that Germany had purchased excessphenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for thewar effort and diverted it to Bayer for aspirin production.
17 augustAmerican Jew Leo Frank was lynched by a mob of prominentcitizens in Marietta, Georgia, for the alleged murder of a 13-year-oldgirl.
12 octoberA German firing squad executed British nurse Edith Cavell forhelping Allied soldiers to escape occupied Belgium.
23 october25,000 women, as part of the women’s suffrage movement, tread down Fifth Avenue in New York City defending their right to vote.
28 octoberRichard Strauss conducted the first performance of his tonepoem An Alpine Symphony in Berlin.
29 octoberRichard Strauss conducted the first performance of his tonepoem An Alpine Symphony in Berlin.

Famous birthdays in the year 1915:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 JuneJohnny Bond / Writer / United States of America
01 MayDoris Fisher / Writer / United States of America
02 MayRichard Lippold / Academic / United States of America
06 JuneVincent Persichetti / Composer / United States of America
06 January John C. Lilly / Physician / United States of America
07 AprilBillie Holiday / Singer / United States of America
14 OctoberLoris Francesco Capovilla / Cardinal / Italy
16 NovemberJean Fritz / Author / United States of America
17 JuneMarcel Cadieux / Diplomat / Canada
20 SeptemberMalik Meraj Khalid / Politician / Pakistan
22 January Heinrich Albertz / Politician / Germany
24 February Jim Ferrier / Golfer / Australia
25 OctoberIvan M. Niven / Academic / United States of America
25 SeptemberEthel Rosenberg / Spy / United States of America
26 JunePaul Castellano / Gangster / United States of America
27 JuneJohn Alexander Moore / Academic / United States of America
28 February Ketti Frings / Author / United States of America
28 AugustMax Robertson / Author / United Kingdom
29 NovemberLudu Daw Amar / Journalist / Myanmar (Burma)
31 January Alan Lomax / Author / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1915:

YearName / Profession / Country
02 FebruaryKhushwant Singh / Author / India
25 JuneKashmir Singh Katoch / Military Advisor / India
15 SeptemberKaram Singh / Soldier / India
15 OctoberJayant / Actor / India
06 AugustGurdial Singh Dhillon / Politician / India
27 MarchPushpalata Das / Freedom Fighter / India
09 AugustHitendra Kanaiyalal Desai / Politician / India
02 February Khushwant Singh / Author / India
12 JuneNagraj Rao Havaldar / Singer / India
17 SeptemberMaqbool Fida Husain / Painter / India
08 AugustBhisham Sahni / Writer / India
08 JuneKayyar Kinhanna Rai / Author / India
17 SeptemberM. F. Husain / Painter / India
24 OctoberJeevan / Actor / India
11 March Vijay Hazare / Cricketer / India
06 February Kavi Pradeep / Poet / India
NA NAMadan Puri / Actor / India
15 NovemberV. R. Krishna Iyer / Judge / India
20 AugustD. Devaraj Urs / Politician / India
22 JulyShaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah / Politician / India
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