In 1915, the British battleship Formidable was sunk by a torpedo in the English Channel, killing 547.
In 1915, In World War I, the Turks under Ahmet Pasha were heavily defeated by the Russians at the battle of Sarik amis. After five days fighting and a lengthy retreat, the Turks lost 77,000 out of 95,000 men.
In 1915, Avezzano, Italy: earthquake left 29,980 dead.
In 1915, first US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK).
In 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard is officially named. Founded in 1790, it operated und er several names such as Life Saving & Revenue Cutter services.
In 1915, 20th Russian Army corps surrenders.
In 1915, Germany begins "restricted" submarine war.
In 1915, Malancourt, Argonnen (first (German) fire attack).
In 1915, Stalin writes a letter to V. I. Lenin from the village of Monastyrskoye, - where he had gone to visit a fellow exile S. Spandaryan. In this letter J. V. Stalin criticizes the defects line of Plekhanov and of international Social-Democracy, which had taken an opportunist stand.
In 1915, Vladimir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine.
In 1915, first US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned.
In 1915, first submarine disaster; US F-4 sinks off Hawaii, 21 lives lost.
In 1915, first military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I.
In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war.
In 1915, German submarines sink the U.S. ship "Gulflight."
In 1915, Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungaryb & Germany.
In 1915, On its return trip from New York to Liverpool, England, the British ocean liner, "Lusitania", was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. The "Lusi tania" was carrying a cargo of ammunition from the U.S. to Great Britain. This was Germany's reason for the attack even though the ship was carrying over 2,000 civilian men, women and children. 1,198 lives including 124 Americans were lost.
In 1915, Gretna, Scotland: two passenger train s and troop train collided; 227 killed.
In 1915, Italy declared w ar on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
In 1915, Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
In 1915, Stalin takes part in a meeting held in the village of Monastyrskoye of the exiled members of the Russian Bureau of the Central Committee of the RSDLP and of the Bolshevik group in the Fourth State Duma. At this meeting the question of the trial of the Bolshevik deputies is discussed.
In 1915, first Zeppelin air raid over England.
In 1915, 92 degrees F (33.3 degrees C) in De Bilt, Netherlands.
In 1915, more than 800 people died when the excursion steamer Eastland capsized at Chicago's Clark Street dock.
In 1915, Germany suppresses its "Vorwarts" newspaper after it called for peace.In 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France during World War I.
In 1915, 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), Fort Yukon, Alaska (s tate record).
In 1915, A German professor from Cornell University explodes a bomb in the U.S. Senate.
In 1915, US military forces occupy Haiti, remain until 1934.
In 1915, South African forces under Louis Botha forced the surrender of German South West Africa.
In 1915, more than 800 people are lost when the pleasure steamer, Eastland, top-heavy with passengers, rolls over a few feet from a Chicago dock (the worst disaster on the Great Lakes). The Eastland had run the Cleveland-Cedar Point ro ute from 1907 to 1913.
In 1915, The American merchant ship "Leelanaw" is sunk off the coast of Scotland by a German U-boat.
In 1915, US forces invade Haiti, stays until 1924.
In 1915, US marines land in Haiti, stay until 1924.
In 1915, thru Aug. 23, hurricane in East Texas and Louisiana: 275 killed.
In 1915, Italy declares war on Turkey.
In 1915, Hurricane kills 275 in Galvesto n, Texas with $50 million damage.
In 1915, A hurricane claims 275 in the Mississippi Delta.
In 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the a German firing squad in occupied Belgium during World War I for aiding POW' s to escape.
In 1915, Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria.
In 1915, Stalin writes to V. I. Lenin and N. K. Krupskaya from his place of exile in Turukhansk.
In 1915, F. F. Fletcher is the first admiral to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
In 1915, President Wilson requests a standin g army of 142,000 and reserves of 400,000.