24th January 1915 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: – in Aberdeen, Washington State, USA – Robert (“Burns”) Motherwell the third, abstract expressionist.


A centenary exhibition is taking place at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery, (Duke St, St James), London until late March 2015.



In the Middle East:    DIED TODAY: – Aged 36, at Al Majma’ah, in the Province of Ar-Riyadh, in (what is now) Saudi Arabia – Captain William Henry Irvine Shakespear, British civil servant, explorer born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1878. At the Battle of Jarrab, between  the forces of Ibn Saud, the future King of Saudi Arabia, and Ibn Rashid, head of the Al-Rasheed dynasty, Shakespear (who has been acting as military adviser to Ibn Saud) is shot and killed by one of Ibn Rashid’s men.



In the North Sea: nearly 1000 german sailors perish at the Battle of Dogger Bank.