What Happened in July 1941

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • Jul 1 Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 1 Joe DiMaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Jul 1 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak (45th of 56)
  • Jul 2 Nazi mass murder in Lvov/Lemberg (7,000 dead)
  • Jul 2 Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London
  • Jul 4 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
  • Jul 4 Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes

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Jul 4 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Jul 5 German occupiers disband political parties

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Jul 6 NY Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 7 Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono, Lithuania
  • Jul 7 US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion
  • Jul 7 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
  • Jul 8 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 8 All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish Star
  • Jul 9 Dutch-American Physicist Abraham Pais is awarded his Ph.D. in Holland five days before a Nazi deadline banning Jews from receiving degrees
  • Jul 10 Jedwabne Pogrom is a massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland.
  • Jul 11 German troops attack Dnjepr
  • Jul 13 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver
  • Jul 13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of ump Ray Snyder
  • Jul 13 World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).
  • Jul 14 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
  • Jul 14 Cease fire of Joan of Arc (ends combat in Lebanon & Syria)
  • Jul 14 Jam rationed in Holland
  • Jul 15 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)
  • Jul 16 100°F (38°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle Wash
  • Jul 16 Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
  • Jul 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland
  • Jul 18 SS drowns 40 Jews in Dvina River, Belorussia
  • Jul 19 1st US Army flying school for black cadets dedicated (Tuskegee Ala)

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Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)

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Jul 19 British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jul 19 President Roosevelt appointed FEP Committee
  • Jul 20 Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
  • Jul 21 200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine
  • Jul 21 Himmler orders building of Majdanek concentration camp

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Jul 24 FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 24 Nazis kill entire Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania
  • Jul 24 Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
  • Jul 25 FDR bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan
  • Jul 25 Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory)
  • Jul 26 1st Dutch Austrians depart Hague
  • Jul 26 US embargo on oil-export to Japan
  • Jul 27 103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • Jul 27 German army enters Ukraine
  • Jul 27 Japanese forces land in Indo-China
  • Jul 30 German occupiers forbid SDAP, VDB, ARP, RKSP, CHU & SGP in Netherlands
  • Jul 31 U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 John Gould, British composer/musical comic
  • Jul 1 Rod Gilbert, Canada, NHL wing (NY Rangers)
  • Jul 1 Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
  • Jul 1 Twyla Tharp, Portland Ind, choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe)
  • Jul 1 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Jul 1 Myron Scholes, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Jul 2 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • Jul 3 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, cinematographer (Kathapurushan, Mathulikal)
  • Jul 3 Gloria Allred, feminist attorney
  • Jul 3 Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 4 Brian Willson, American peace activist
  • Jul 4 Sergio Oliva, Cuba, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Barbara Frischmuth, writer
  • Jul 7 Michael Howard, British politician
  • Jul 7 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist
  • Jul 8 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • Jul 9 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient), born in Indianapolis (d. 1971)
  • Jul 9 James Scott, director (Strike it Rich)
  • Jul 9 Karin von Aroldingen, Germany, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co)
  • Jul 9 Scotty Baesler, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
  • Jul 9 Takehide Nakatani, Japan, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Jul 10 Ian Whitcomb, England, rocker (You Turn Me On)
  • Jul 10 Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, Poland, cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)
  • Jul 10 Robert Pine, actor (Joe Getraer-CHiPs), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • Jul 10 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist
  • Jul 10 Jake Eberts, film producer (Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • Jul 11 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • Jul 12 Joseph Whipp, American actor
  • Jul 13 Graeme Corling, Australian cricket fast bowler (1964 England tour)
  • Jul 13 Jacques Perrin, actress (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 13 Lut[guard] Tomsin, actress/director (Knock on the Door)
  • Jul 13 Robert Forster, actor (Lady in Red, Alligator), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jul 14 Tatyana Dmitryevna Kuznetsova, cosmonaut
  • Jul 14 Maulana Karenga, American author and activist
  • Jul 14 Andreas Khol, Austrian politician
  • Jul 15 Geoffrey Burgon, composer
  • Jul 16 George Young, MP/British minister of housing & planning
  • Jul 16 Hans Wiegel, Dutch commissioner of the queen (Frisia)
  • Jul 16 Jan G H Krajenbrink, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • Jul 16 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician
  • Jul 17 Bob Taylor, cricketer wicket-keeper (too often in Knotty's shadow)
  • Jul 17 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raider QB (AFL leading passer 1967)
  • Jul 18 Jack Jersey, [de Nijs], Indonesian/Dutch singer/producer
  • Jul 18 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Jul 18 Marcia Jones Smoke, Oklahoma, 500m kayak (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • Jul 18 Martha Reeves, singer (& Vandellas-Dancing in St), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 19 Jennifer Dunn, (Rep-R-Washington)
  • Jul 19 Jerry Huckaby, (Rep-D-LA, 1977- )
  • Jul 19 Natalya Bessmertnova, Moscow, dancer (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970)
  • Jul 19 Neelie Smit-Kroes, Dutch politician (VVD)/minister of Traffic
  • Jul 20 Vladimir Afanasiyevich Lyakhov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 32/34, T-9, TM-6)
  • Jul 20 Kurt Raab, German actor (d. 1988)
  • Jul 21 Jim Bates, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • Jul 22 George Clinton, Kannapolis NC, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic)
  • Jul 22 Susie M Berning, LPGA golfer (US Women's Open-1972, 73), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 22 Thomas Wayne, rocker (Tragedy)
  • Jul 22 Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • Jul 23 Richie Evans, 9 time NASCAR Modified Champion (died at Martinsville in 1985)
  • Jul 24 Barbara Love, american soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Los Angeles, California

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Jul 25 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Jul 25 Raul Ruiz, Puerto Mott Chile, actor (Lexot, Capitolo 66)
  • Jul 25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer

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Jul 25 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, born in Chicago, Illinois

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • Jul 26 Brenton Wood, rocker (Gimme Little Sign), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jul 27 Johannes Fritsch, composer
  • Jul 28 Riccardo Muti, Napoli Italy, conductor (Philadelphia Orch)
  • Jul 29 David Warner, Manchester NH, actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits)
  • Jul 30 Count Desmond, [Edward Benjamin], Binghamton NY, sword swallower
  • Jul 30 Paul Anka, singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jul 31 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Actor William Holden (23) weds actress Brenda Marshall (25) in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Mohammad Baqa Jilani, cricketer (Test for India), dies at 29
  • Jul 4 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)
  • Jul 5 Oskar Fried, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 8 Philippe Gaubert, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 8 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • Jul 10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56
  • Jul 17 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), dies at 62
  • Jul 18 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (b. 1867)
  • Jul 21 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet (b. 1872)
  • Jul 26 Benjamin Whorf, anthropologist, dies
  • Jul 26 Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
  • Jul 27 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist (b. 1858)
  • Jul 29 James Stephenson, actor (Sea Hawk, River's End), dies at 52