What Happened in December 1941

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
  • Dec 1 Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war
  • Dec 1 Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for 4 years
  • Dec 1 US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organizes
  • Dec 2 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY
  • Dec 2 NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
  • Dec 2 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
  • Dec 2 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

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Dec 2 American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

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Dec 3 Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 4 Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
  • Dec 5 Football Writers Association of America organized
  • Dec 5 Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Russian anti offensive in Moscow drives out nazi army
  • Dec 5 Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
  • Dec 5 US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
  • Dec 6 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • Dec 6 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
  • Dec 7 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • Dec 7 Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
  • Dec 7 German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
  • Dec 7 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2403 people
  • Dec 7 Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
  • Dec 7 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • Dec 8 Chełmno extermination camp opens, 50 kilometres from Łódź, Poland
  • Dec 8 London: Dutch government-in-exile declares war on Japan
  • Dec 8 Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
  • Dec 8 San Francisco 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM
  • Dec 8 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • Dec 8 President Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbour
  • Dec 9 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
  • Dec 9 300 Montgomery, SF opens as new Bank of America HQ
  • Dec 9 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
  • Dec 9 China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy
  • Dec 9 Citizen Register reports "Hostile planes reported nearing Westchester"
  • Dec 9 Hitler orders US ships are to be torpedoed
  • Dec 10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z ) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • Dec 10 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • Dec 10 Japanese troops overrun Guam
  • Dec 11 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • Dec 11 Germany & Italy declare war on USA
  • Dec 11 Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players & $50,000
  • Dec 11 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • Dec 11 Japanese occupy Guam
  • Dec 12 European reservists on Java mobilize
  • Dec 12 German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews
  • Dec 12 Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk
  • Dec 13 German occupiers forbid National Front & Netherland Union
  • Dec 13 Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die
  • Dec 13 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal
  • Dec 14 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14

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Dec 14 Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Dec 14 U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea
  • Dec 14 Japan and Thailand sign a treaty of alliance
  • Dec 15 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
  • Dec 15 German submarine U-127 sinks
  • Dec 15 Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens/Heinrich Himmler falls faint
  • Dec 15 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
  • Dec 15 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
  • Dec 15 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • Dec 16 Sarawak occupied by Japanese forces
  • Dec 17 Dutch & Australian troops lands on Portuguese Timor
  • Dec 17 German submarine U-31 sunk

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Dec 17 German troops led by Erwin Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Dec 17 World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
  • Dec 18 German submarine U-434 sinks
  • Dec 18 Japanese troops land on Hong Kong
  • Dec 19 German submarine U-574 sinks
  • Dec 19 Hitler takes complete command of German Army
  • Dec 19 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
  • Dec 20 Free France under adm Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
  • Dec 20 Japanese troops lands on Mindanao
  • Dec 20 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • Dec 21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • Dec 21 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • Dec 21 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Dec 21 German submarine U-567 sinks
  • Dec 22 Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
  • Dec 22 Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia
  • Dec 22 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a wartime conference
  • Dec 22 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dec 23 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
  • Dec 23 British troops overrun Benghazi, Libya
  • Dec 23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon, Burma
  • Dec 24 First ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan
  • Dec 25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • Dec 25 Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan
  • Dec 26 Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"
  • Dec 27 Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"
  • Dec 27 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony
  • Dec 28 State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia/Moravia
  • Dec 30 Nazibezetters oblige artsen member to become of Artsenkamer
  • Dec 30 Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization
  • Dec 30 Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament
  • Dec 31 Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Paul C W Chu, China, physicist (superconductivity)
  • Dec 2 Tom McGuiness, rocker (McGuiness-Flint)
  • Dec 3 Mary Alice, Indianola MS, newscaster (CBS, Lettie-Different World)
  • Dec 4 Humberto Solas, director/writer (Lucia)
  • Dec 4 Raul Blanco, Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Dec 5 David Wilson, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • Dec 6 Helen Cornelius, Hannibal Mo, country singer (Nashville on the Road)
  • Dec 6 John Nelson, San Jose Costa Rica, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz)
  • Dec 6 Richard Speck, mass murderer (killed 8 student nurses in 1966)
  • Dec 8 Albert J Evenhuis, Dutch undersecretary of Economic (VVD)
  • Dec 8 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • Dec 8 Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Randall "Duke" Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman
  • Dec 9 Beau Bridges, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 9 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • Dec 10 Fionnula Flanagan, actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Dec 10 Jeff Jones, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in 60's)
  • Dec 10 Peter Michael Goetz, actor (Jumping Jack Flash, King Kong Lives)
  • Dec 10 Tim Considine, actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 10 Tommy Kirk, actor (Old Yeller)
  • Dec 10 Tommy Rettig, Jackson Heights NY, actor (Jeff's Collie-Lassie)
  • Dec 10 Chad Stuart, Windermere Cumberland, UK rock vocalist/guitarist (Chad & Jeremy)
  • Dec 10 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • Dec 11 Max Baucus, (Sen-D-Mont)
  • Dec 11 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor
  • Dec 12 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress/vocalist (Theodorakis)
  • Dec 12 Robert Covington, drummer/singer
  • Dec 12 Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)
  • Dec 12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 13 Anouska Hempel, Forbes NZ, actress (Tiffany Jones)
  • Dec 13 John Davidson, Pitts, TV host (Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible)
  • Dec 14 Barry Hadlee, cricketer (bro of Dayle & Richard, NZ World Cup 1975)
  • Dec 14 Ellen Willis, American journalist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 15 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player
  • Dec 15 Geoffrey Davies, English actor (Doctor at Sea, Doctor on the Go)
  • Dec 16 Lesley Stahl, newscaster/correspondent (CBS)
  • Dec 18 Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)
  • Dec 18 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer
  • Dec 19 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Dec 20 Frank Creton, Suriname/Neth painter
  • Dec 23 Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Walking Tall, Beguilled), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Dec 23 Tim Hardin, Eugene, Oregon, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire)
  • Dec 23 Ron Bushy, American musician
  • Dec 23 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (d. 1975)
  • Dec 24 John Levene, British actor
  • Dec 25 Don Pullen, pianist/composer
  • Dec 25 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author
  • Dec 25 Ronald Perera, composer
  • Dec 26 Daniel Schmid, actor/director (Paloma, Violanta, Hecate, Amateurs)
  • Dec 27 Leslie Maguire, rocker (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Crossed the Mersey)
  • Dec 27 Michael 'Mike' Pinder, rocker (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • Dec 28 Don Francisco, Spanish variety show host (Sabado Gigante)
  • Dec 28 Intikhab Alam, Pakistan cricket leg-spinner (1959-77)
  • Dec 29 Ray Thomas, England, rock vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)
  • Dec 30 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • Dec 31 Milkha Singh, cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests)
  • Dec 31 Sarah Miles, Essex England, actress (Ryan's Hope, Big Sleep, Venom)
  • Dec 31 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 6 King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dec 30 Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies
  • Dec 3 Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 3 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • Dec 7 Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 7 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • Dec 7 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • Dec 7 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • Dec 7 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • Dec 7 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • Dec 9 Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • Dec 9 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Colin Kelly, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • Dec 11 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • Dec 11 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
  • Dec 12 Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
  • Dec 19 L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 20 Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • Dec 22 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 24 Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
  • Dec 30 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)
  • Dec 31 Sigwart Aspestrand, composer, dies at 85