What Happened in April 1941

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 US Navy takes over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • Apr 1 Nazis forbid Jews access to cafĂ©s
  • Apr 1 Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
  • Apr 1 The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted.
  • Apr 2 German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association

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Apr 3 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Apr 3 Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
  • Apr 3 Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago
  • Apr 4 German troops conquer Benghazi, Libya
  • Apr 5 San Francisco Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • Apr 6 8th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 6 Beginning of operation Bestrafung - German bombers attack Belgrade (17,000 die)
  • Apr 6 British major general Michael Gambier-Parry captured in North Africa
  • Apr 6 German bombardment of Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
  • Apr 6 Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender to British & Ethiopian forces
  • Apr 7 British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 8 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 9 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • Apr 10 German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
  • Apr 11 Germany blitzes Conventry, England
  • Apr 11 Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
  • Apr 11 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets
  • Apr 12 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games

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Apr 12 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 13 Heavy German assault on Tobruk
  • Apr 13 Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • Apr 14 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up
  • Apr 14 King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
  • Apr 15 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct
  • Apr 16 Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
  • Apr 17 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • Apr 17 US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
  • Apr 17 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • Apr 19 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
  • Apr 19 Bertolt Brecht's play "Mother Courage and her Childeren" premieres in Zurich
  • Apr 19 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
  • Apr 19 Milk rationed in Holland
  • Apr 20 100 German bombers attack Athens
  • Apr 20 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • Apr 21 Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
  • Apr 23 Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
  • Apr 24 British army begins evacuation of Greece
  • Apr 24 Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
  • Apr 25 Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
  • Apr 26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • Apr 26 Potatoes rationed in Holland
  • Apr 27 German troops occupy Athens, Greece
  • Apr 28 Last British troops in Greece surrender
  • Apr 30 Spread of Judaism begins in Croatia

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ajit Wadekar, cricketer (stalwart Indian batsman & capt)
  • Apr 2 Leon Russell, musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Apr 3 Eric Braeden, Aust, actor (Victor Newman-Young & Restless, Colossus)
  • Apr 3 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean-Dead Man's Curve), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 3 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (d. 1984)
  • Apr 3 PhilippĂ© Wynne, American musician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 4 Bill Tarmey, Ardwick, Manchester, actor (Coronation Street), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 5 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 Michael Moriarty, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 5 Roman Balayan, Nerke Azerbaijan, director (Filer, Biryuk)
  • Apr 6 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • Apr 6 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
  • Apr 7 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), born in Huddersfield (d. 2017)
  • Apr 8 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 8 Dame Vivienne Westwood, Tintwistle England, English fashion designer
  • Apr 9 Hannah Gordon, actress (Oh Alfie)
  • Apr 9 Kaye Adams, American country singer
  • Apr 9 Chu Song-woong, Korean stage actor (d. 1985)
  • Apr 10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer (Mosquito Coast)
  • Apr 11 David Lyle Boren, (Sen-D-OK, 1979- )
  • Apr 11 Frederick "Rick" Hauck, astr (STS-7, STS 51-A, STS-26), born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 11 Ellen Goodman, American political columnist
  • Apr 12 Julio B Euson, Aruban singer (I Use the Soap)
  • Apr 12 Bobby Moore, English footballer (d. 1993)
  • Apr 13 Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 14 Anatoli Pavlocich Fyodorov, cosmonaut

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Apr 14 Julie Christie, British actress (Darling, Doctor Zhivago), born in Chukua, Assam, India

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Pete Rose, MLB player and manager (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 15 Howard L Berman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • Apr 16 Cliff Stearns, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Apr 17 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • Apr 17 Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director (Royal Court Theatre)
  • Apr 18 Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • Apr 18 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 19 Michel Roux, chef de cuisine
  • Apr 19 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian singer
  • Apr 20 Ryan O'Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon)
  • Apr 20 Joni Evans, American publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 23 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Hal Daub, (Rep-R-NB, 1981- )
  • Apr 23 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer
  • Apr 23 Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
  • Apr 23 Michael Lynne, American film executive
  • Apr 23 Ray Tomlinson, computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), born in Amsterdam , New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 24 John Williams, Australian guitarist (Acad Award), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Apr 25 Bertrand Tavernier, actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie)
  • Apr 25 Chris Augustine, rocker (Every Mother's Son)
  • Apr 25 Lawrence J Smith, (Rep-D-FL, 1983- )
  • Apr 25 Princess Muna al-Hussein, of Jordan
  • Apr 26 John Mitchell, American composer
  • Apr 27 Friedrich Goldmann, composer
  • Apr 27 Judith Blegen, Missoula Mont, opera singer (Papagena-Magic Flute)
  • Apr 27 Jennings Michael Burch, American author
  • Apr 27 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player
  • Apr 28 Ann-Margret, Valsjobya Sweden, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy)
  • Apr 28 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist
  • Apr 28 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet
  • Apr 29 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)
  • Apr 30 Johnny Farina, rocker (Santo & Johnny)
  • Apr 30 Wilfried Jentzsh, composer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Apr 19 Youngest Mitford sister Deborah Mitford marries Andrew Cavendish, son of the Duke of Devonshire in London

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian, dies at 81
  • Apr 2 Paul Teleki, premier Hungary, dies
  • Apr 3 Pal Teleki-von Szek, PM Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), suicide at 61
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, writer, dies at 29
  • Apr 5 Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)

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Apr 13 Annie Jump Cannon, US astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomer
Annie Jump Cannon
  • Apr 14 Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies
  • Apr 14 Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • Apr 16 Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st baron/statisician, dies
  • Apr 17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • Apr 18 ... Korysis, PM of Greece, commits suicide
  • Apr 19 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 20 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
  • Apr 22 Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
  • Apr 24 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40
  • Apr 26 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiologist/educationalist, dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)