Historical Events for Year 1941

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Jan 1st - Netherlands begins taxing wages
Jan 1st - Russian general Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
Jan 1st - 27th Rose Bowl: #2 Stanford beats #7 Nebraska, 21-13
Jan 1st - 7th Sugar Bowl: #4 Boston College beats #6 Tennessee, 19-13
Jan 1st - 7th Orange Bowl: #9 Mississippi State beats #13 Georgetown, 14-7
Jan 2nd - World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
Jan 2nd - World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
Jan 3rd - Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
Jan 3rd - Italian counter offensive in Albania
Jan 3rd - Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
Jan 4th - Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
Jan 5th - British/Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya
Jan 6th - President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom from speech, worship, want and fear) during US State of Union address
Jan 9th - 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest, Romania
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt Jan 9th - Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
Jan 10th - Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic & Old Lace," premieres in NYC
Jan 10th - Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews
Jan 10th - World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.
Jan 11th - Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
Jan 16th - US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
Jan 16th - War Dept forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
Jan 17th - Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
Jan 19th - British offensive in Eritrea
Jan 19th - British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
Jan 20th - Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC
Jan 21st - 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
Jan 21st - 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shekChinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek Jan 21st - Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
Jan 21st - British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
Jan 22nd - 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
Jan 22nd - British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
Jan 23rd - Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
Jan 23rd - WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
Jan 24th - British troops march into Abyssinia
Jan 25th - Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.
Jan 27th - Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
Jan 28th - French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
Jan 30th - Australian troops conquer Derna, Libya
Jan 31st - 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
Jan 31st - Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem, Netherlands
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe LouisBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis Jan 31st - Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
Jan 31st - Layforce set sail.
Feb 1st - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
Feb 1st - US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
Feb 3rd - US Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours
Feb 4th - British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
Feb 4th - Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
Feb 4th - United Service Organization (USO) founded
Feb 5th - Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
Feb 6th - Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
Feb 6th - Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
Feb 6th - British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
Feb 7th - Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Feb 8th - NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
Feb 9th - British troops conquer El Agheila
Feb 9th - Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
Feb 10th - 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C.-Harrisonburg, VA
Feb 10th - Anti-Nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands
Feb 11th - 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)
Feb 11th - Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
Feb 11th - Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
Feb 12th - Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms under Ascher/Cohen
Feb 12th - Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
Feb 13th - Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
German WWII Field Marshal Erwin RommelGerman WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Feb 14th - One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel
Feb 14th - Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
Feb 14th - Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
Feb 14th - German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya
Feb 15th - Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"
Feb 17th - Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
Feb 19th - Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
Feb 19th - Nazi raid Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation
Feb 20th - 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
Feb 20th - Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
Feb 20th - Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
Feb 21st - Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general
Feb 22nd - Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington Feb 22nd - German assault on El Agheila Libya
Feb 22nd - IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Feb 22nd - Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam
Feb 22nd - Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
Feb 22nd - Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man" premieres
Feb 23rd - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
Feb 24th - 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
Feb 24th - Anti-Nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
Feb 25th - Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
Feb 25th - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
Feb 26th - 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
Feb 26th - Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
Feb 26th - Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
Feb 26th - Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
Actress and Dancer Ginger RogersActress and Dancer Ginger Rogers Feb 27th - 13th Academy Awards - "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win
Feb 28th - 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
Feb 28th - British-Italian dogfight above Albania
Mar 1st - Captain America first appears in comic book form, published by Timely Comics
Mar 1st - 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn
Mar 1st - Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
Mar 1st - German troops invade Bulgaria
Mar 1st - Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
Mar 2nd - World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
Mar 3rd - Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin
Mar 4th - 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
Mar 4th - NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler Mar 4th - Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler
Mar 4th - The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
Mar 7th - 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
Mar 7th - 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
Mar 7th - British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Mar 8th - 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
Mar 10th - Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets
Mar 11th - Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ
Mar 11th - FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)
Mar 12th - German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands
Mar 13th - A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
Mar 14th - Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko NagurskiHall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski Mar 14th - Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
Mar 15th - Blizzard in ND kills 151
Mar 16th - Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
Mar 16th - Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize
Mar 16th - National Gallery of Art opens in Wash DC
Mar 19th - Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
Mar 20th - Nazi-German/Yugoslav pact drawn
Mar 21st - Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 22nd - Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
Mar 22nd - Jimmy Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II
Mar 24th - British troops defeat British Somalia
Mar 24th - German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
Mar 24th - Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
Actor Jimmy StewartActor Jimmy Stewart Mar 24th - LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
Mar 24th - Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
Mar 25th - Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, SC, incorporated
Mar 27th - Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
Mar 27th - Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
Mar 27th - Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
Mar 28th - Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
Mar 29th - 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
Mar 29th - 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34
Mar 29th - WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
Mar 30th - German counter offensive in North-Africa
Mar 31st - Ground broken for Union Square Garage, SF
Apr 1st - Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC
Apr 1st - US Navy takes over Treasure Island (San Francisco Bay)
Apr 1st - Nazis forbid Jews access to cafés
Apr 1st - Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
Apr 1st - The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted.
Apr 2nd - German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Apr 3rd - Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion
Apr 3rd - Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
Apr 3rd - Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago
Apr 4th - German troops conquer Banghazi

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