100 Years Since: 2015 Diplomatic & Political Centenaries

1915 – A year the Nobel Prize for Peace is not awarded in reflection of the first World War and Scandinavia and the United States take opposite directions on Women’s Rights.
Check out our 8 Political and Diplomatic Centenaries for this year.


January 12 – The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote. 

It Doesn’t Unsex Her–a women’s suffrage postcard from 1915
Source: http://wikimedia.org/
The New York Times reported: 
Woman suffrage was discussed from every point of view for more than ten hours in the house today. At the close of the debate the proposed constitutional amendment giving nation-wide suffrage to women was rejected by the overwhelming vote of 174 – 204.”

The galleries of the house were packed.











January 18 – Twenty-One Demands

Seizing the opportunity effected by the onset of war in 1914, and by its status as an Allied power, Japan presented China with a secret ultimatum in January 1915 which were designed to give Japan regional control in China.
This is a marked reversal of current China-Japan relations, and is also contextual to the 2014 diplomatic struggle over islands in the South China Sea




April 22 – First large scale use of poison gas on the Western Front by the Germans in WWI at the Second Battle of Ypres. 
Aerial photograph of a German gas attack on Russian forces circa 1916

Atrocities caused by the introduction of chemical warfare in WWI lead directly to the development of the Chemical Weapons Convention in force today.

April 25 – WWI: Start of the Gallipoli Campaign (lasting until January 1916): 
Landing at Anzac Cove by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and landing at Cape Helles by British and French troops to begin the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire.



June 5  Women’s suffrage is introduced in Denmark and Iceland.


September 6 – The prototype military tank is first tested by the British Army.


October 25  Lyda Conley, the first American Indian woman to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States as a lawyer, is admitted to practice there.[5]


November 25  Einstein‘s theory of general relativity is formulated.
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