Historical Events in 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

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Jan 6th President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during US State of Union address

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 9th 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest, Romania
  • 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

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Jan 17th Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Jan 18th World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • 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
  • 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 29th Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 31st Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jan 31st British army Layforce commando units 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

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Feb 7th Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer/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)

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Feb 11th Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 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
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 15th Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 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
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 27th 13th Academy Awards: "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 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.

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Mar 3rd Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 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

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Mar 4th Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf 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

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Mar 11th Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 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
  • Mar 14th Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • Mar 15th Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • 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

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Mar 22nd James 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
  • 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

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Apr 3rd Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 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 Benghazi, Libya
  • Apr 5th In SF, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • Apr 6th 8th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 6th Beginning of operation Bestrafung - German bombers attack Belgrade (17,000 die)
  • Apr 6th British major general Michael Gambier-Parry captured in North Africa
  • Apr 6th German bombardment of Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
  • Apr 6th Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender to British & Ethiopian forces
  • Apr 7th British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa
  • Apr 8th Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 9th PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • Apr 10th German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
  • Apr 11th Germany blitzes Conventry, England
  • Apr 11th Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
  • Apr 11th Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets
  • Apr 12th Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 12th Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler
  • Apr 13th Heavy German assault on Tobruk
  • Apr 13th Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • Apr 14th 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up
  • Apr 14th King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
  • Apr 15th 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct
  • Apr 16th Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
  • Apr 17th British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • Apr 17th US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
  • Apr 17th World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • Apr 19th 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
  • Apr 19th Bertolt Brecht's play "Mother Courage and her Childeren" premieres in Zurich
  • Apr 19th Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
  • Apr 19th Milk rationed in Holland
  • Apr 20th 100 German bombers attack Athens
  • Apr 20th Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • Apr 21st Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
  • Apr 23rd Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
  • Apr 24th British army begins evacuation of Greece
  • Apr 24th Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
  • Apr 25th Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
  • Apr 26th A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • Apr 26th Potatoes rationed in Holland
  • Apr 27th German troops occupy Athens, Greece
  • Apr 28th Last British troops in Greece surrender
  • Apr 30th Spread of Judaism begins in Croatia

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • May 1st General Mills introduces Cheerios
  • May 1st German assault on Tobruk
  • May 2nd FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • May 2nd Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy
  • May 2nd Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 3rd -4] German air raid on Liverpool