17th May 1915 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Zurich – Marcel Roland de Quervain, Swiss glaciologist, “known for his fundamental work on the metamorphism and physical properties of snow.”

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/487087/Marcel-Roland-de-Quervain

War!

Anatolia: In the Armenian city of Van, in eastern Turkey, the one month long siege of the city by Ottoman forces intent on suppressing Armenian activists is relieved by the arrival of Russian troops from the city of Malazgirt, temporarily under Russian control.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Van_%281915%29

On the (British) Home Front: The Liberal Government (Asquith’s first ministry) is brought down by high levels of unpopularity, partly fuelled by the continuing failures at Gallipoli.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Government_1905%E2%80%9315

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