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Notable Historical Events - 1915

1915Woodrow Wilson becomes first US President to attend a World Series game

1915D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America

1915John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" appears anonymously in "Punch" magazine

1915Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumes personal command of his nation's military forces; clearly a symbolic act and devastating for his leadership

1915The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

1915Henry Ford's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas'

1915Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

1915Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in SF

1915Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile

1915William Jennings Bryan's successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping

1915Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens who identify themselves, with dual nationalities

1915Tsar Nicolas II adjourns 4th Duma

1915William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State

1915John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"

1915Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1915Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC

1915Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR

191529th US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beats Hazel Wightman (4-6 6-2 6-0)

1915 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
DW Griffith shows "Clansman" at a sneak preview 
Jan 1
Jews of Laibach Austria expelled 
Jan 4
1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho 
Jan 4
Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops 
Jan 9
Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated, SF 
Jan 11
Col Jacob Ruppert & Col Tillinghast Huston purchase Yanks for $460,000 
Jan 12
House of Reps rejects proposal to give women right to vote 
Jan 13
Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 29,800 
Jan 13
Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, presents plan for assault on Dardanelles 
Jan 15
Japan claims economic control of China 
Jan 15
Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike," premieres in NYC 
Jan 16
Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin 
Jan 17
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's Hospital in Amsterdam opens 
Jan 17
Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine 
Jan 18
Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die 
Jan 18
Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia. 
Jan 19
1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die 
Jan 19
Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude 
Jan 21
Kiwanis International founded in Detroit 
Jan 24
German-British sea battle at Dogger Bank & Helgoland 
Jan 25
Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in SF 
Jan 25
Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC 
Jan 25
Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (NY to SF) 
Jan 26
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo established 
Jan 27
US Marines occupy Haiti 
Jan 28
1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK) 
Jan 28
US Coast Guard created from Life Saving & Revenue Cutter services 
Jan 28
US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates 
Jan 30
German submarine attack on Le Havre 
Jan 30
No 10 batsman F W Hyett scores century on debut, Vic v Tas 
Jan 31
1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians 
Feb 3
Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal 
Feb 4
Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Miss Penitentiary 
Feb 7
1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received 
Feb 7
2nd Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army 
Feb 8
D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America 
Feb 10
US President Wilson warns Germany that the US will hold it 'to a strict accountability' for 'property endangered or lives lost' 
Feb 10
US President Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans 
Feb 13
The French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region 
Feb 16
Frank Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He sits out 1915 season 
Feb 17
Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded 
Feb 18
Germany begins a blockade of Britain 
Feb 19
British fleet fire on Dardanelles coast 
Feb 20
Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco 
Feb 21
20th Russian Army corps surrenders 
Feb 21
World's Fair in SF opens 
Feb 22
Germany begins "unrestricted" submarine war 
Feb 23
Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin 
Feb 23
Nevada enforces convenient divorce law 
Feb 26
Malancourt, Argonnen (1st (German) flame-thrower 
Feb 28
WWI: After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards - at the cost of 50,000 casualties 
Mar 2
British vice adm Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts 
Mar 2
Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine 
Mar 3
US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics(NACA) created, the predecessor of NASA 
Mar 5
World War I: The LZ 33, a zeppelin, is damaged by enemy fire and stranded south of Ostend. 
Mar 6
Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos 
Mar 8
1st US navy minelayer, Baltimore, commissioned 
Mar 10
British Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle 
Mar 11
The British declare a blockade of all German ports 
Mar 13
Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substituted a grapefruit 
Mar 14
German cruiser Dresden scuttled off Más a Tierra, Chile, having been pursued by the Royal Navy after the Battle of the Falkland Islands, with her engines worn out and virtually no coal. 
Mar 16
Brit battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle 
Mar 16
Federal Trade Commission organizes 
Mar 18
Failed British attack in Dardanelles 
Mar 18
French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed 
Mar 19
Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time) 
Mar 23
Zion Mule Corp forms 
Mar 25
1st submarine disaster; a US F-4 sank off Hawaii, killing 21 
Mar 25
German U boat torpedoes Neth merchant ship Medea 
Mar 26
Stanley Cup: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Ottawa Senators 
Mar 27
Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid 
Apr 4
Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality 
Apr 5
French begin Woëvre-offensive 
Apr 5
Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title 
Apr 14
A's Herb Pennock is within 1 out of pitching 1st Opening Day no-hitter 
Apr 14
Dutch merchant navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo 
Apr 14
The Turks invade Armenia. 
Apr 15
Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid 
Apr 15
NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0 
Apr 18
French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I. 
Apr 19
19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2 
Apr 20
The Armenians rise and seize the Turkish town of Van, which they hold until Russians relieve them on 19 May; thousands of Armenians are killed 
Apr 22
1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I 
Apr 22
The Second Battle of Ypres begins on the Western Front 
Apr 22
NY Yankees don pinstripes & hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time 
Apr 23
ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA) 
Apr 24
German army fires chloroform gas in Ieper 
Apr 24
Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day) 
Apr 24
Pitts' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis (Federal League), 2-0 
Apr 25
First landings at Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula 
Apr 26
Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia 
Apr 27
Counterattack launched by Turkish forces under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against allied troops 
May 1
British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool 
May 1
German submarine sinks US ship Gulflight 
May 2
Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road 
May 3
John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields" 
May 4
Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany 
May 5
German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom 
May 6
German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland 
May 6
Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15 
May 6
The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles 
May 7
SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost 
May 8
41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4 
May 9
German & French fight Battle of Artois 
May 10
Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England 
May 12
Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250 
May 12
Franklin K Mathiews presents idea of "Book Week" 
May 13
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 
May 15
AT&T becomes 1st corporation to have 1 million stockholders 
May 17
40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58 
May 17
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 
May 17
Last liberal British government of Asquith falls 
May 17
National Baptist Convention chartered 
May 20
Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo 
May 22
Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna, Scotland) 
May 22
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. 
May 23
Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary during WW I 
May 24
Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations 
May 25
2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties 
May 25
Chicago Claude Hendrix no-hits Pitts (Federal League), 10-0 
May 26
H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom 
May 31
An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London 
May 31
Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h) 
Jun 1
1st Zeppelin air raid over England 
Jun 3
The Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in southeastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse 
Jun 5
47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6 
Jun 5
Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage. 
Jun 8
92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands 
Jun 9
William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State 
Jun 9
US President Wilson sends the second Lusitania note to Germany demanding reparations and prevention of 'recurrence of anything so obviously subversive of the principles of warfare'; Wilson refuses to recognize the 'war zone' that Germany has proclaimed around the British Isles 
Jun 10
British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon 
Jun 12
29th US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beats Hazel Wightman (4-6 6-2 6-0) 
Jun 15
US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo 
Jun 16
The foundation of the British Women's Institute. 
Jun 17
The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations 
Jun 18
21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol GC NJ 
Jun 20
German offensive in Argonnes 
Jun 21
Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law 
Jun 21
The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens. 
Jun 22
BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service 
Jun 23
Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste 
Jun 23
Yanks get record 16 walks & 3 wild pitches beat A's Bruno Hass, 15-0 
Jun 23
Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag) 
Jun 26
Germany suppresses "Vorwarts" newspaper after it called for peace 
Jun 27
100°F (38°C), Fort Yukon, Alaska (state record) 
Jun 27
Dutch SDAP demonstrates against conscription 
Jul 1
Australia begins Commonwealth Lighthouse Service 
Jul 1
Australian Survey Corps becomes part of Military Forces 
Jul 2
Erich Muenter, an instructor in German at Cornell University, explodes a bomb in the US Senate reception room 
Jul 3
After exploding a bomb in the US Senate reception room the previous day, Erich Muenter, an instructor in German at Cornell University, shoots JP Morgan for representing the British government in war contract negotiations 
Jul 7
A Great Gorge and International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15. 
Jul 8
The Germans reply to Wilson's second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson's other demands 
Jul 9
Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa 
Jul 10
British/South African troops march into German SW-Africa 
Jul 11
German cruiser Königsberg sinks off Dar-es-Salam 
Jul 15
The head of German propaganda in the US, Dr Heinrich Albert, loses his briefcase on a subway in New York City; an examination of its content reveals an extensive network of German espionage and subversion across the US 
Jul 15
The Austro-German forces launch an offensive along the Eastern Front 
Jul 17
Italian offensive at Isonzo 
Jul 18
2nd Battle of Isonzo begins & ends with loss of 280,000 men 
Jul 18
Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs 
Jul 19
Dutch accidents at sea law enforced 
Jul 19
Wash Nationals steal record 8 bases vs Cleve Indians in the 1st inning 
Jul 21
Wilson sends the third Lusitania note, warning Germany that future infringement of American rights will be deemed 'deliberately unfriendly' 
Jul 24
Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die 
Jul 26
International School for Wijsbegeerte forms 
Jul 28
Because of virtual anarchy, US Marines go ashore in Haiti on orders from President Wilson; this will lead to an occupation that will last until 1934 
Jul 29
Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR 
Aug 5
The Latin-American Conference Convenes in Washington, with representatives from leading South American nations joining the US to discuss conditions in Mexico 
Aug 5
Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, is occupied by Germans 
Aug 6
The British land more troops at Suvla Bay on the northern shore of Gallipoli in an effort to break the stalemate on the peninsula 
Aug 7
Assault against Russell's Top at Gallipolis, 232 Australians die 
Aug 7
St Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Bkln rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, & Card runner scores 
Aug 9
British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipoli 
Aug 12
"Of Human Bondage" by William Somerset Maugham, published 
Aug 14
British transport Royal Edward sank by German U boat kills 1000 
Aug 15
Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia 
Aug 16
KC's Alex Main no-hits Buffalo (Federal League), 5-0 
Aug 17
German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana 
Aug 17
Hurricane strikes Galveston, TX (275 killed) 
Aug 17
Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life 
Aug 18
Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1 
Aug 19
Rationing laws go into effect in Netherlands 
Aug 19
World War I: the Battle of Van begins 
Aug 19
British liner 'SS Arabic' sunk by German submarine without warning leaving Liverpool for New York; killing 44. Creates diplomatic incident 
Aug 20
White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleve in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, & $31,500 
Aug 21
Italy declares war on Turkey in World War One 
Aug 23
Tsar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army 
Aug 25
The British decide to try capture Constantinople and force Turkey out of the war; 78,000 ANZAC troops land at Gallipoli 
Aug 25
Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage 
Aug 26
German troops overrun Brest-Litovsk, Russia 
Aug 31
Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits NY Giants, 2-0 
Aug 31
Brazil becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 
Sep 1
The German ambassador to the US pledges again that German submarines will no longer sink liners without warning and providing safety of passengers and crew following the sinking of the British liner \'Arabic\' 
Sep 5
35th US Men's Tennis: William Johnston beats McLoughlin (1-6 6-0 7-5 10-8) 
Sep 5
Anti-war conference in Zimmerwald, Switzerland 
Sep 5
Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumes personal command of his nation's military forces; clearly a symbolic act and devastating for his leadership 
Sep 7
35th US Men's Tennis: Wm Johnston beats M E McLoughlin (1-6 6-0 7-5 10-8) 
Sep 7
Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789) 
Sep 7
St Louis Dave Davenport no-hits Chicago (Federal League), 3-0 
Sep 8
Association of Negro Life & History founded 
Sep 9
Association for study of Negro Life & History forms by Carter G Woodson 
Sep 16
Tsar Nicolas II adjourns 4th Duma 
Sep 16
US takes control of customs & finances of Haiti for 10 years 
Sep 18
Boston Braves trounce St Louis Cardinals 20-1 
Sep 21
CH Chubb buys Stonehenge for £6,600 
Sep 21
Emanuel Querido ("Kerido") begins publishing Querido 
Sep 22
Red Sox ask Braves for use of their larger park for World Series 
Sep 22
Southern Methodist University (Dallas Texas) holds its 1st class 
Sep 22
Xavier University, 1st Black Catholic College in US, opens in NO LA 
Sep 25
Battle of Loos commenced, lasted until 14th October. Chlorine gas deployed by the British was blown back into their own trenches: 59,000 British & 26,000 German casualties 
Sep 25
The Second Battle of Champagne begins. 
Sep 28
Battle of Kut-el-Amara: British defeat Turks in Mesopotamia 
Sep 29
1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent 
Sep 29
British army conquerors Chilly al Imara, Mesopotamia 
Sep 29
Dutch Opera's 1st performance 
Sep 29
Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC 
Sep 29
Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta 
Sep 29
Philadelphia Phillies clinch their 1st pennant 
Sep 30
Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit 
Oct 3
7.8 earthquake shakes Pleasant Valley, Nevada 
Oct 4
Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established 
Oct 5
Bulgaria enters World War I as one of the Central Powers. 
Oct 5
Allies land troops at the northern Greek city of Salonika; Greece is nominally neutral but allows the landing 
Oct 8
Battle of Loos WWI, almost 430,000 French, British & Germans killed 
Oct 8
Phillies win their 1st & only World Series game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally 
Oct 9
Belgrade Serbia, surrenders to Central leaders 
Oct 9
Gil Anderson races auto (165.1 km record) in Sheepshead Bay, NY 
Oct 9
Louis Kaufmans "Unchastened Woman" premieres in NYC 
Oct 9
Woodrow Wilson becomes first US President to attend a World Series game 
Oct 11
Bulgarian anti Serbian offensive begins 
Oct 11
Despite international protest, Edith Cavell, and English nurse in Belgium, is executed by the Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners 
Oct 12
Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile 
Oct 12
Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens who identify themselves, with dual nationalities 
Oct 13
Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 1 in 12th World Series 
Oct 16
Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria 
Oct 18
3rd Italians offensive at Isonzo 
Oct 19
Russia/Italy declares war on Bulgaria 
Oct 19
US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French 
Oct 21
1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris 
Oct 21
William Jennings Bryan's successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping 
Oct 23
1st national horseshoe throwing championship (Kellerton, Iowa) 
Oct 23
25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote 
Oct 25
Atty James L Curtis named minister of Liberia 
Oct 27
Andrew Fisher is replaced as Labour Prime Minister by William 'Billy' Hughes, who will advocate a more active role for Australians in the war 
Oct 28
Richard Strauss' Alpensymfonie, premieres in Berlin 
Oct 29
Aristide Briand becomes premier of France 
Oct 29
Thomas Masaryk claims independence for Czechoslovakia 
Nov 1
Parris Island is officially designated a Marine Corps Recruit Depot. 
Nov 2
First US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio 
Nov 6
1st military flight in Dutch East Indies (Tandjong Priok) 
Nov 6
Sophokles Skouloudis forms Greek government 
Nov 7
An Austrian submarine sinks the Italian liner 'Ancona' without warning; 27 Americans are among the 272 who lose their lives 
Nov 9
Italian liner Ancona sinks by German torpedos, killing 272 
Nov 12
Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago 
Nov 12
Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry 
Nov 14
Thomas Masaryk demands independence for Czechoslovakia 
Nov 20
7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7 
Nov 23
On the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, the Battle of Ctesiphon between Allied and Turkish forces enters its second day 
Nov 24
Serbian leader flees to Albania 
Nov 29
Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California. 
Nov 30
St John Ervine's "John Ferguson" premieres in Dublin 
Dec 1
The US requests that Germany withdraw its military and naval attaches from the Embassy in Washington 
Dec 3
General Joseph Joffre becomes Commander-in-Chief of the French Armies 
Dec 4
F F Fletcher is 1st admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor 
Dec 4
Ku Klux Klan receives charter from Fulton County Ga 
Dec 4
Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco 
Dec 4
Henry Ford's peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe 'to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas' 
Dec 8
Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres 
Dec 8
John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" appears anonymously in "Punch" magazine 
Dec 12
1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau, Germany 
Dec 12
Aristide Briand forms French war government 
Dec 12
Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia 
Dec 14
Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion 
Dec 20
Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia 
Dec 20
Final withdraw of all allied troops from Anzac Cove 
Dec 21
10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record) 
Dec 22
Federal Baseball League disolved 
Dec 22
Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati 
Dec 23
J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie" premieres in NYC 
Dec 25
Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC 
Dec 27
US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments 
Dec 28
SF City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph 
Dec 28
Today the British Cabinet recognizes the true nature of the war by deciding to institute compulsory military service, with single men to be conscripted before married ones 
Dec 30
Cromarty Harbour, Scot-British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die 
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