Today in History for May 1915

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 31 of 31

1st - British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
1st - German submarine sinks US ship Gulflight
2nd - Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road
3rd - John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"
4th - Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
5th - German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom
6th - German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland
6th - Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15
6th - The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
7th - SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost
8th - 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
9th - German & French fight Battle of Artois
10th - Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Baseball Legend Babe RuthBaseball Legend Babe Ruth 12th - Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
12th - Franklin K Mathiews presents idea of "Book Week"
13th - US Secretary of State Bryan sends a note to Germany demanding that Germany disavow the attacks on the Lusitania and make immediate reparations; however, the note is written only to 'pacify exited public opinion', according to Bryan
15th - AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders
17th - 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
17th - Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
17th - Last liberal British government of Asquith falls
17th - National Baptist Convention chartered
20th - Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
22nd - Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna, Scotland)
22nd - Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain, other than Mount St. Helens, to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century.
23rd - Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary during WW I
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison 24th - Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
25th - 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties
25th - Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0
26th - H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
31st - An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London
31st - Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 47 of 47

1st - Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
2nd - Jan Hanus, composer
2nd - Van Alexander, NYC, orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show)
2nd - Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
2nd - Peggy Mount, English actress (d. 2001)
3rd - Evencio Castellanos, composer
3rd - Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer (d. 2003)
4th - Curt Conway, Boston MA, actor (Raw Deal)
4th - Pedro Saenz, composer
5th - Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
6th - George Perle, Bayonne NJ, composer (12 Tone Tonality)
6th - John Arnold, British high court judge
6th - May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao, sculptor
Actor Orson WellesActor Orson Welles (6th) 6th - Orson Welles [George], Kenosha Wisc, actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), (d. 1985)
6th - Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
8th - John Archer, Osceola Nebraska, actor (Destination: Moon)
9th - Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
10th - Bert van Dongen, [Abraham J Cohen], singer/impressionist/actor
10th - Denis Thatcher, husband of British PM Margaret (1979-90)
10th - John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland, British peer
10th - Monica Dickens, author/founder (US Samaritians)
10th - Salah Abou Seif, director
12th - Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
13th - John Habakkuk, principal (Jesus College in Oxford)
14th - Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers)
15th - Maurice B Latey, commentator (BBC World Service)
15th - Paul A Samuelson, economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
15th - Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
17th - Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
18th - Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
20th - Moshe Dayan, Israeli general/minister of Defense
20th - Peter Copley, actor (Victim, King & Country)
23rd - Clyde Wiegand, physicist
25th - Daniel Wolf, journalist
26th - Sam Edwards, American actor (d. 2004)
26th - Antonia Forest, British children's author (d. 2003)
27th - Herman Wouk, NYC, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War)
27th - Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini)
27th - Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, painter and film-maker (At the Museum), (d. 2012)
28th - Scott McKay, Pleasantville Iowa, actor (Stage Door)
28th - Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violinist
28th - Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
29th - David Jenklins, librarian (National Library of Wales)
29th - Igor Buketoff, Hartford Conn, conductor (Iceland Symph 1964-65)
29th - Lord Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat
29th - Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
30th - Jerome Bert Weisner, military scientist/disarmer

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 8 of 8

7th - Alfred G Vanderbilt, US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
7th - Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr, US Lusitania officer, dies
7th - Charles Frohman, dies aboard Lusitania
8th - Henry McNeal Turner, 1 US black army chaplain, dies at 82
9th - François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
10th - Albert Weisgerber, German painter/graphic artist, dies in battle
19th - John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
21st - Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)

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