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1915 ( MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Thursday of the Julian calendar, the 1915th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 915th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 15th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1910s decade. As of the start of 1915, the Gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
Below, the events of
World War I have the "WWI" prefix.
January - British physicist Sir Joseph Larmor publishes his observations on "The Influence of Local Atmospheric Cooling on Astronomical Refraction". 
January 5 - Joseph E. Carberry sets an altitude record of 11,690 feet (3,560 m), carrying Capt. Benjamin Delahauf Foulois as a passenger, in a fixed-wing aircraft.
January 13 - The 6.7 M w Avezzano earthquake shakes the Province of L'Aquila in Italy, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI ( Extreme). Various agencies estimate the number of people killed to be 29,978-32,610.
January 17 - WWI: Caucasus Campaign - Battle of Sarikamish: Russia defeats Ottoman Turkey.
January 18 - Twenty-One Demands from Japan to China are made.
January 21 - Kiwanis is founded in Detroit, Michigan, as The Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers.
January 23 - Chilembwe uprising: Baptist minister John Chilembwe initiates an ultimately unsuccessful uprising against British colonial rule in Nyasaland (modern-day Malawi).
January 24 - WWI: Battle of Dogger Bank: The British Grand Fleet defeats the German High Seas Fleet, sinking the armoured cruiser SMS . Blücher 
January 27 - WWI: French military casualties begin arriving at the Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois, established earlier in the month by British volunteers.
January 28 - An act of the United States Congress designates the United States Coast Guard, began in 1790, as a military branch. January 31 - WWI: Battle of Bolimów - 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; however, freezing temperatures prevent it being effective. 
March - The 1915 Palestine locust infestation breaks out in Palestine; it continues until October.
March 2 - Armenian genocide: Earliest recorded deportations. 
March 3 - The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of NASA, is founded in the United States.
March 10- 13 - WWI: Battle of Neuve Chapelle - In the first deliberately planned British offensive of the war, British Indian troops overrun German positions in France, but are unable to sustain the advance.
March 11 - WWI: British armed merchantman HMS is sunk in the Bayano North Channel off the coast of Scotland by Imperial German Navy U-boat . Around 200 crew are lost, a number of bodies being washed up on the SM U-27 Isle of Man, with only 26 saved. 
March 14 - WWI:
March 18 - WWI:
March 19 - Pluto is photographed for the first time, but is not classified as a planet.
March 25 - U.S. submarine F-4 sinks off Hawaii; 21 are killed.
March 26 - The Vancouver Millionaires win the Stanley Cup in ice hockey over the Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 0. March 28 - The first Roman Catholic liturgy at the newly consecrated Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is celebrated by Archbishop John Ireland.
April 5 - Boxer Jess Willard, the latest "Great White Hope", defeats Jack Johnson with a 26th-round knockout in sweltering heat, at Havana, Cuba. Willard becomes very popular among white Americans, for "bringing back the championship to the white race".
April 11 - Charlie Chaplin's film is released in the United States. The Tramp
April 19 - The Armenian genocide begins at scale with the defense of Van, continuing to May 17, during which time 55,000 civilians from the Ottoman Armenian population of Van Vilayet will be massacred by Turkish Ottoman forces.
April 22 - WWI: Start of Second Battle of Ypres - Germany makes its first large scale use of poison gas on the Western Front.
April 24 - Armenian genocide: deportation of Armenian notables from Istanbul begins. April 25 - WWI: Start of the Gallipoli Campaign by land forces (lasting until January 1916) - A landing at Anzac Cove is conducted by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and a landing at Cape Helles by British and French troops, to begin the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire.
May 1 - WWI: General Louis Botha, Prime Minister of South Africa, leads the army in the occupation of German South West Africa.
May 3 - Canadian soldier John McCrae writes the poem " In Flanders Fields".
May 5 - WWI: Forces of the Ottoman Empire begin shelling ANZAC Cove from a new position behind their lines.
May 6 - Baseball player Babe Ruth hits his first career home run (off Jack Warhop), for the Boston Red Sox.
May 7 - WWI: Sinking of the RMS : Lusitania RMS 's main rival, the British Titanic ocean liner RMS , is sunk by Lusitania Imperial German Navy U-boat off the south-west coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 civilians en route from New York City to U-20 Liverpool.
May 9 - WWI - Second Battle of Artois: German and French forces fight to a standstill; German forces defeat the British at the Battle of Aubers Ridge.
May 17 - The last purely Liberal government in the United Kingdom ends, when the prime minister H. H. Asquith forms an all-party coalition government, the Asquith coalition ministry, effective May 25.
May 19 - WWI: The third attack on Anzac Cove by Ottoman forces is repelled by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
May 23 - WWI: Italy joins the Allies after declaring war on Austria-Hungary.
May 25 - China agrees to the Twenty-One Demands of the Japanese.
May 27 - Armenian genocide: The Tehcir Law is promulgated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire authorizing deportation of the Ottoman Armenian population to Deir ez-Zor in the Syrian desert, leading to the deaths of anywhere between 800,000 and over 1,500,000 civilians and confiscation of their property.
May 28 - International Congress of Women meet at the Hague as a major peace initiative.  May 29 - Teófilo Braga becomes president of Portugal.
July 1 - WWI: In aerial warfare, German fighter pilot Kurt Wintgens becomes the first person to shoot down another plane, using a machine gun equipped with synchronization gear.
July 9 - WWI: Theodore Seitz, governor of German South West Africa, surrenders to General Louis Botha, between Otavi and Tsumeb.
July 11 - WWI: Battle of Rufiji Delta - German cruiser SMS is forced to Königsberg scuttle in the Rufiji River, German East Africa (present-day Tanzania).
July 14 - The McMahon-Hussein Correspondence between Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca and the British official Henry McMahon concerning the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire begins; in exchange for assistance against the Ottomans, the British offer bin Ali their recognition of an independent Arab kingdom, although clear terms are never agreed. 
July 22 - WWI: The " Great Retreat" is ordered on the Eastern Front; Russian forces pull back out of Poland (at this time part of the Russian Empire), taking machinery and equipment with them.
July 24 - Steamer capsizes in central Chicago, with the loss of 844 lives. Eastland July 28 - The American occupation of Haiti (1915-34) begins.
September 5 - The Zimmerwald Conference begins in Switzerland.
September 6 - The prototype military tank is first tested by the British Army.
September 7 - Former cartoonist John B. Gruelle is given a patent for his doll. Raggedy Ann
September 8 - WWI: A Zeppelin raid destroys No. 61 Farringdon Road, London; it is rebuilt in 1917, and called The Zeppelin Building.
September 11 - The Pennsylvania Railroad begins electrified commuter rail service between Paoli and Philadelphia, using overhead AC trolley wires for power. This type of system is later used in long-distance passenger trains between New York City, Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
September 12 - French soldiers rescue over 4,000 Armenian genocide survivors stranded on Musa Dagh, a mountain in the Hatay province of Turkey.
September 25- October 14 - WWI: Battle of Loos - British forces take the French town of Loos, but with substantial casualties, and are unable to press their advantage. This is the first time the British use poison gas in World War I, and also their first large-scale use of 'New' (or Kitchener's Army) units. September 30 - WWI: Serbian Army private Radoje Ljutovac becomes the first soldier in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft, with ground-to-air fire.
January 2 - John Hope Franklin, African-American historian (d. 2009)
January 11 - Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder of the Special Air Service (d. 1955)
January 14 - Mark Goodson, American television game show producer (d. 1992)
January 17 - Sammy Angott, American boxer (d. 1980)
January 18 - Santiago Carrillo, Spanish politician (d. 2012)
January 22 - C. L. Franklin, American minister, Civil Rights Activist. Father of Aretha Franklin (d. 1984)
January 24 - Robert Motherwell, American painter (d. 1991) 
January 25 - Ewan MacColl, English folk singer, songwriter, and poet (d. 1989) 
January 31 - Thomas Merton, American monk, author (d. 1968)
February 5 - Robert Hofstadter, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)
February 6 - Danuta Szaflarska, Polish actress (d. 2017)
February 10 - Karl Winsch, American professional baseball player, manager (d. 2001)
February 13 - Aung San, Burmese national leader (d. 1947)
February 20 - Danuta Szaflarska Polish screen, stage actress (d. 2017)
February 25 - S. Rajaratnam, 1st Senior Minister of Singapore (d. 2006)
February 27 - Dick Crockett, American actor, stunt performer (d. 1979) February 28
March 1 - Elizabeth Peet McIntosh, American spy (d. 2015)
March 5 - Sydney Sturgess, British-Canadian actress (d. 1999)
March 7 - Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 2000)
March 8 - Drue Heinz, American literary publisher (d. 2018)
March 9 - John Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson, English pilot (d. 2001)
March 11 - Vijay Hazare, Indian cricketer (d. 2004)
March 15 - Carl Emil Schorske, American cultural historian (d. 2015)
March 17 - Bill Roycroft, Australian equestrian (d. 2011)
March 19 - Patricia Morison, American actress (d. 2018)
March 23 - Vasily Zaytsev, Soviet sniper (d. 1991)
March 27 - Robert Lockwood Jr., American musician (d. 2006)
March 28 - Jeremy Hutchinson, British lawyer, peer (d. 2017)
March 31 - Albert Hourani, English historian (d. 1993)
July 4 - Timmie Rogers, American actor and singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
July 10 - Kevin Barrett, Australian rules footballer (d. 1984)
July 11 - Leonard Goodwin, British protozoologist (d. 2008)
Tex Hill, Korean-American fighter pilot and flying ace (d. 2007) Paul Williams, African American jazz and blues saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter (d. 2002)
July 14 - Harold Pupkewitz, Namibian entrepreneur (d. 2012)
July 16 - Elaine Barrie, American actress (d. 2003)
July 22 - Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani female politician, diplomat and author (d. 2000)
July 24 - Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court (d. 2004)
July 26 - K. Pattabhi Jois, Indian yogi (d. 2009) July 28
August 4 - William Keene, American actor (d. 1992)
August 9 - George W. BonDurant, American preacher (d. 2017)
August 18 - Joseph Arthur Ankrah, 2nd President of Ghana (d. 1992)
August 19 - Ring Lardner Jr., American film screenwriter (d. 2000) 
August 21 - Arnold Goodman, Baron Goodman, British lawyer, political adviser (d. 1995)
August 25 - Walter Trampler, American violist (d. 1997)
August 27 - Norman F. Ramsey, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
August 29 - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (d. 1982)
August 31 - Víctor Pey, Spanish-Chilean engineer (d. 2018)
September 2 - Meinhardt Raabe, American actor (d. 2010)
September 6 - Franz Josef Strauss, German politician (d. 1988)
September 7 - Richard E. Cole, American air force officer (d. 2019)
September 9 - Richard Webb, American actor (d. 1993)
September 11 - Raúl Alberto Lastiri, 39th President of Argentina (d. 1978)
September 16 - Eddie Filgate, Irish politician (d. 2017)
September 19 - Germán Valdés, Mexican actor, singer and comedian (d. 1973)
September 20 - Malik Meraj Khalid, Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 2003)
September 21 - Gertrude Poe, American journalist (d. 2017)
September 22 - Bernardino Piñera, Chilean Roman Catholic bishop (d. 2020)
September 24 - Joseph Montoya, American politician (d. 1978)
September 27 - Ira Colitz, American politician (d. 1998)
September 28 - Kay Mander, British film director, shooting continuity specialist (d. 2013)
October 2 - Chuck Williams, American businessman (d. 2015)
October 6 - Neus Català, Spanish political activist (d. 2019)
October 7 - Walter Keane, American plagiarist (d. 2000)
October 11 - T. Llew Jones, Welsh author, poet (d. 2009)
October 13 - Frederick Rosier, British Royal Air Force commander (d. 1998)
October 14 - Loris Francesco Capovilla, Italian Roman Catholic prelate (d. 2016)
October 18 - Thomas Round, English opera singer, actor (d. 2016)
October 19 - Andreas Peter Cornelius Sol, Dutch prelate (d. 2016)
October 21 - Aleksandr Ezhevsky, Soviet engineer, statesman (d. 2017)
October 22 - Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli politician (d. 2012)
October 23 - Shin Hyun-joon, South Korean general (d. 2007)
October 24 - Bob Kane, American comic book artist/writer, creator of Batman (d. 1998) 
October 27 - Harry Saltzman, Canadian theatre, film producer (d. 1994)
October 28 - Dody Goodman, American actress, dancer (d. 2008) October 29 - William Berenberg, American physician (d. 2005)
November 2 - Kay Armen, American Armenian singer (d. 2011)
November 8 - Richard Luyt, 1st Governor General of Guyana (d. 1994)
November 9 - Sargent Shriver, American politician (d. 2011)
November 12 - Roland Barthes, French philosopher, literary critic (d. 1980) 
November 13 - Clara Marangoni, Italian gymnast (d. 2018)
November 16 - Jean Fritz, American children's writer (d. 2017)
November 17 - Albert Malbois, French prelate (d. 2017)
November 18 - James Whittico Jr., American physician (d. 2018)
November 19 - Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr., American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
November 20 - Bill Daniel, American politician (d. 2006)
November 26 - Emilio D'Amore, Italian writer, journalist, and politician (d. 2017)
December 5 - Ren Xinmin, Chinese aerospace engineer (d. 2017)
December 7 - Eli Wallach, American actor (d. 2014)
December 8 - Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
December 9 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born soprano (d. 2006)
December 14 - Dan Dailey, American actor, dancer (d. 1978)
December 17 - Robert A. Dahl, American political scientist (d. 2014)
December 18 - Bill Zuckert, American actor (d. 1997)
December 21 - Werner von Trapp, member of the Austrian Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
December 22 - Barbara Billingsley, American actress (d. 2010)
December 31 - Davuldena Gnanissara Thero, Sri Lankan Buddhist monk (d. 2017)
July 2 - Porfirio Díaz, 29th President of Mexico (b. 1830) 
July 6 - Lawrence Hargrave, Australian engineer (b. 1850)
July 10 - Alice Bellvadore Sams Turner, American physician (b. 1859)
July 16 - Ellen G. White, American prophetess, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, most translated American author (b. 1827)
July 18 - Ozra Amander Hadley, American politician (b. 1826)
July 21 - Jean Prévost, Canadian politician (b. 1870)
July 22 - Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer and inventor (b. 1827)
July 25 - Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, American-born French socialite, model for the painting (b. Portrait of Madame X 1859) July 30 – Charles Becker, American policeman and murderer (executed) (b. 1870)
October 4 - Karl Staaff, 11th Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1860)
October 10 - Albert Cashier, born Jennie Hodgers, Irish American soldier (b. 1843)
October 12 - Edith Cavell, British nurse, war heroine (shot) (b. 1865)
October 13 - Charles Sorley, British poet (killed in action) (b. 1895)
October 15 - Theodor Boveri, German biologist (b. 1862)
October 16 - Zde?ka Wiedermannová-Moty?ková, Moravian pioneer of female education (heart attack) (b. 1868)
October 22 - Wilhelm Windelband, German philosopher (b. 1848)
October 23 - W. G. Grace, English cricketer (b. 1848)
October 26 - August Bungert, German composer, poet (b. 1845) October 30 - Sir Charles Tupper, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1821)
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Primary sources and year books
, Comprehensive coverage of world and national affairs, 791pp New International Year Book 1915 Hazell's Annual for 1916 (1916), worldwide events of 1915; 640pp online; worldwide coverage of 1915 events; emphasis on Great Britain