What Happened in May 1941

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

1st "Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

  • 1st General Mills introduces Cheerios
  • 1st German assault on Tobruk
  • 2nd FCC approves regular scheduled coml TV broadcasts to begin July 1

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2nd Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 2nd Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists

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2nd Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 3rd -4] German air raid on Liverpool
  • 3rd 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
  • 5th 2 Fokker's employees flee Nazi occupied Netherlands to England
  • 5th Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
  • 5th Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
  • 5th First modern perfume Chanel No. 5 released.

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6th Joseph Stalin became Premier of Russia

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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6th At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 7th British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
  • 7th Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
  • 7th Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
  • 8th German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
  • 9th British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

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9th Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

  • 10th 66th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8
  • 10th Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland
  • 10th British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid
  • 10th Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
  • 11th 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
  • 12th British forces march into Alexandria
  • 12th Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
  • 13th Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany
  • 13th Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
  • 13th Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • 14th 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
  • 15th 1st British turbojet flies
  • 15th British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya

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15th Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 15th Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
  • 16th 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 16th Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
  • 16th Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • 16th Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • 17th Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
  • 18th An Egyptian steamer sinks
  • 18th Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
  • 18th Jewish veterans honor their dead
  • 19th Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
  • 19th New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
  • 20th Archer's "Christian Calendar & Gregorian Reform" published
  • 20th Former Dutch PM Colijn says Neth Indies not ready for independence
  • 20th Germany invades Crete
  • 20th White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
  • 21st SS Robin Moore is first US ship sunk by a U-boat
  • 21st German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete
  • 21st Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
  • 22nd British troops attack Baghdad

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

23rd Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 23rd Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
  • 24th Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
  • 25th 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
  • 25th Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941

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26th American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 26th Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
  • 26th German occupiers begin youth labor
  • 27th Allied troops begin evacuating Crete

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27th FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 27th German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
  • 28th 1st night game at Wash DC, Griffith stadium (Yanks 6, Senators 5)
  • 28th British army begins evacuation of Crete
  • 28th NY Yankees nip Wash Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
  • 30th 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia
  • 30th British Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government
  • 30th Germans capture Crete
  • 30th Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h)
  • 31st -June 1) 32.0 cm rain falls on Burlington Kansas (state record)
  • 31st 1st issue of "Parade" goes on sale
  • 31st 41 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
  • 31st British troops vacate Crete
  • 31st German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools
  • 31st A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland claims 38 lives.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • 1st Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • 2nd Jules Wijdenbosch, premier Suriname
  • 2nd Clay Carroll, American baseball player
  • 3rd Nona Gaprindasvili, USSR, world women's chess champ (1962-78)
  • 3rd Edward "Monk" Malloy, American university president
  • 4th David LaFlamme, Utah, electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day)
  • 4th George Will, Champaign, Illinois, American political analyst (Night Line)
  • 5th Aleksandr Ragulin, USSR, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • 5th Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)
  • 6th Fred J Eckert, (Rep-D-NY, 1985-87)
  • 6th Ghena Dimitrova, actress (Nabucco)
  • 7th Grahame Bilby, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966)
  • 8th James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 8th Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 8th John Fred, rocker
  • 8th Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • 9th Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Oly-silver-60)
  • 9th Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • 9th Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 10th Danny Rapp, Phila, rocker (Danny & Juniors)
  • 10th Ken Berry, baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians)
  • 10th Win Bischoff, CEO (Schroders)
  • 11th Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 11th Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • 11th Graham Miles, English snooker player
  • 12th Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 12th Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 12th Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 13th Joe Brown, singer/guitarist
  • 13th Ritchie Valens, singer (Donna, La Bamba)
  • 13th Senta Berger, actress (Cast a Giant Shadow), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 14th Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • 15th Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • 15th K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
  • 15th Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 15th Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • 16th John McWilliams, MP
  • 16th Maurice Henry Weddington, composer

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16th Aldrich Ames, CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

Soviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames
Soviet Union Spy
Aldrich Ames
  • 17th David Howell Cope, composer
  • 17th Malcom Hale, rocker
  • 17th Miriam Margolyes, actress (Will Be)
  • 17th Ben Nelson. American politician
  • 17th Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • 18th Diane McBain, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 18th M S Longair, astronomer
  • 19th Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • 19th Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
  • 19th Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
  • 19th Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • 20th Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • 20th John Strasberg, American actor
  • 21st Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, USSR, cosmonaut (TM-4)
  • 21st Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 21st Martin Carthy, English musician
  • 22nd Paul Winfield, LA, actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack)
  • 22nd Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • 22nd Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 22nd Martha Langbein, German athlete
  • 23rd Jackson Hill, composer
  • 23rd General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)
  • 24th Andres Garcia, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, actor (Tiger Shark)
  • 24th Baroness Hollis of Heigham, history lecturer (U of East Anglia)

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24th Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 24th Brian Dennis, composer
  • 24th Konrad Boehmer, composer
  • 24th Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • 24th Tony Valentino, rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
  • 26th Imants Kalnins, composer
  • 26th Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 26th John Kaufman, sculptor
  • 27th Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
  • 27th Allan Carr, Ill, director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire)
  • 27th Davina Phillips, actress
  • 28th Beth Howland, actress (Vera-Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 28th Guntram Vesper, writer
  • 29th Douglas Scott, mountaineer
  • 29th Roy Crewsdon, Manchester, rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 31st Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
  • 31st Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
  • 31st June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • 31st Kenneth Cooper, harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • 31st Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

4th Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (23) weds Ethel Arnold

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley

Famous Deaths

  • 1st John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • 5th Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • 7th David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies
  • 7th Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • 8th Heinrich Zollner, composer, dies at 86
  • 12th Ruth Stonehouse, silent film actress and director, dies at 48
  • 23rd Lord Herbert Austin, motor manufacturer, dies
  • 23rd Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45
  • 24th Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral ((WW II/Hood), dies in battle
  • 27th AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76
  • 30th Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)