Today in History for May 1941

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 78 of 78

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
2nd - Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy
2nd - Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
2nd - Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400
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.
6th - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
6th - At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
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
Entertainer Bob HopeEntertainer Bob Hope 8th - German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
9th - British Army breaks German spy codes
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
Mobster Louis BuchalterMobster Louis Buchalter 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
15th - Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1
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
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggioBaseball Player Joe DiMaggio 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
23rd - Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
23rd - Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe LouisBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis 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
26th - American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila
26th - Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
26th - German occupiers begin youth labor
27th - Allied troops begin evacuating Crete
27th - FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor
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
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 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

Birthdays 1 - 84 of 84

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, Bridgeport CT, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6)
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
Soviet Union Spy Aldrich AmesSoviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames (16th) 16th - Aldrich Ames, CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin
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, Cleve Ohio, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass)
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, Cincinnati Ohio, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout)
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)
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan (24th) 24th - Bob Dylan, [Robert Zimmerman], Duluth Minn, singer/songwriter (Blowin' in Wind)
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

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

American Politician Tom BradleyAmerican Politician Tom Bradley (4th) 4th - Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (23) weds Ethel Arnold

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 10 of 10

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
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)

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