What Happened in October 1941

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 D Sjostakovitch plane evacuated in Moscow
  • Oct 1 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 1 Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series
  • Oct 2 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
  • Oct 2 Germans launch attack on Moscow

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Oct 3 Adolf Hitler says Russia is "broken" & would "never rise again"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Oct 3 All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS
  • Oct 3 Nazis blow up 6 synagoges in Paris

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Oct 3 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor premieres in New York City

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor
  • Oct 5 Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike, Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely - would have been last out, instead Yanks score 4 & win 7-4
  • Oct 6 German army occupies Briansk, USSR
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series
  • Oct 7 German army occupies Viarma, USSR
  • Oct 8 Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins
  • Oct 9 A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
  • Oct 10 German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney
  • Oct 10 RAF bombs Piraeus to prevent German heavy armor advancing
  • Oct 11 1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front
  • Oct 12 Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis close in on Moscow
  • Oct 13 Nazis kill 11,000 Jewish children/old people
  • Oct 14 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga
  • Oct 15 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
  • Oct 15 Hideki Tojo becomes Prime Minister of Imperial Japan
  • Oct 15 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • Oct 16 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
  • Oct 16 Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow
  • Oct 16 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa, Russia
  • Oct 17 1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
  • Oct 18 Russian spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • Oct 19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • Oct 20 Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia
  • Oct 22 Maxwell Anderson's "Candle in the Wind" premieres in NYC

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Oct 23 Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Oct 25 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine
  • Oct 25 Germany attacks Moscow

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Oct 25 Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 26 2Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • Oct 26 US savings bonds go on sale
  • Oct 27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • Oct 27 Nazi's directs gypsy ghetto in Belgrade

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Oct 28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City
  • Oct 30 USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though US is not in war
  • Oct 31 Mount Rushmore Monument is completed
  • Oct 31 Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • Oct 31 Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 2 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian
  • Oct 3 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Oct 4 Anne Rice, author (Interview with a Vampire), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Author Anne Rice
Anne Rice
  • Oct 4 Lori Saunders, Kansas City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails)
  • Oct 4 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • Oct 4 Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • Oct 5 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • Oct 5 Eduardo Duhalde, President of Argentina
  • Oct 7 Martin Murray, rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • Oct 7 Tony Sylvester, rocker (Main Ingredient)
  • Oct 8 George Bellamy, rocker (Tornados)
  • Oct 8 Jesse Jackson, Greenville SC, clergyman/presidential candidate (D)
  • Oct 9 Trent Lott, (Rep-R-MS, 1973- )
  • Oct 9 Brian Lamb, Founder of c-span
  • Oct 9 Chucho Vald├ęs, Cuban musician
  • Oct 10 Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, writer/environmentalist
  • Oct 10 Laurence Henry Tribe, Shanghai China, Harvard Law professor
  • Oct 10 Peter Coyote [Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon], American actor (ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 11 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1999)
  • Oct 11 Charles Shyer, American film director
  • Oct 12 Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • Oct 12 Michael Mansfield, English barrister
  • Oct 13 John Snow, cricketer (fiery England quickie Unpopular with Aussies)
  • Oct 13 Paul Simon, singer/actor (Kodachrome, 1 Trick Pony), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 14 Jim Courter, (Rep-R-NJ, 1979- )
  • Oct 14 Art Shamsky, American baseball player
  • Oct 16 Derek David Bourgeois, composer
  • Oct 16 Erkki Jokinen, composer
  • Oct 16 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • Oct 17 Alan Howard, rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • Oct 17 Earl Thomas Conley, Portsmouth Oh, country singer (Too Many Times)
  • Oct 17 James Seals, Sidney Tx, singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze)
  • Oct 18 William "Billy" Cox, Guitarist (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Oct 19 Simon Ward, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Oct 20 Bob Panasik, Windsor Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1986 Canadian TPC)
  • Oct 21 Marina Ripa, countess/writer (My First 40 Years), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 21 Steve Cropper, TN, guitarist/songwriter (Booker T & MGs)
  • Oct 22 Charles Keating, English actor (Carl Hutchins-Another World), born in London, England, (d. 2014)
  • Oct 23 Colin Milburn, cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short)
  • Oct 23 Igor Smirnov, Moldovan politician
  • Oct 23 Mel Winkler, American actor
  • Oct 24 Frank AM Aendenboom, Flemish actor (Lion of Flanders)
  • Oct 24 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer
  • Oct 25 Anne Tyler, American writer (Accidental Tourist)
  • Oct 25 Bobby Keetch, soccer player/entrepreneur
  • Oct 25 Helen Reddy, Australian rock vocalist (I Am Woman), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 26 Harald Nielsen, Denmark, soccer player (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • Oct 27 Dick Trickle, American auto racer, (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2015)
  • Oct 28 Glenn Moore, American jazz musician, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 28 Hank Marvin, England, [Brian Rankin], rocker
  • Oct 28 John Hallam, Irish actor
  • Oct 29 Brian Yuile, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer took 34 wkts in 17 Tests)
  • Oct 30 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • Oct 30 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • Oct 31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic-gold-1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • Oct 31 Derek Bell, British racing driver
  • Oct 31 Dan Alderson, American scientist

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 13 NFL halfback Red Grange (38) weds flight attendant Margaret Hazelberg

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Louis D Brandeis, 1st Jewish Supreme Court Judge (1916-39), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Helen Morgan, American singer/actress, dies of liver ailment at 41
  • Oct 13 GJ Berenschot, general/supreme commander Dutch East Indies army, dies
  • Oct 17 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies
  • Oct 18 Dirk Fock, governor-general van/of Neth-Indies 1921-6, dies at 83
  • Oct 18 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (b. 1860)
  • Oct 20 Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • Oct 26 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 27 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist (physiology of development, fertilization, cell division), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Oct 29 Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • Oct 31 Herwarth Walden, writer, dies at 63