Historical Events in 1941

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  • Jan 1 Netherlands begins taxing wages
  • Jan 1 Russian general Georgy Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
  • Jan 1 27th Rose Bowl: #2 Stanford beats #7 Nebraska, 21-13
  • Jan 1 7th Sugar Bowl: #4 Boston College beats #6 Tennessee, 19-13
  • Jan 1 7th Orange Bowl: #9 Mississippi State beats #13 Georgetown, 14-7
  • Jan 2 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Jan 2 World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
  • Jan 3 Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
  • Jan 3 Italian counter offensive in Albania
  • Jan 3 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 4 Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
  • Jan 5 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya

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Jan 6 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 9 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jan 9 Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
  • Jan 10 Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic & Old Lace," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 10 Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews
  • Jan 10 World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.
  • Jan 11 Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
  • Jan 16 US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 16 War Dept forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets

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Jan 17 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 18 World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • Jan 19 British offensive in Eritrea
  • Jan 19 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
  • Jan 20 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC
  • Jan 21 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
  • Jan 21 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
  • Jan 21 Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
  • Jan 21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • Jan 22 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
  • Jan 22 British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • Jan 23 Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
  • Jan 23 WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
  • Jan 24 British troops march into Abyssinia
  • Jan 25 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 27 Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • Jan 29 Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece
  • Jan 30 Australian troops conquer Derna, Libya
  • Jan 31 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
  • Jan 31 Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem, Netherlands

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 31 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 31 British army Layforce commando units set sail
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
  • Feb 1 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • Feb 3 US Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours
  • Feb 4 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • Feb 4 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
  • Feb 4 United Service Organization (USO) founded
  • Feb 5 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
  • Feb 6 Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
  • Feb 6 Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
  • Feb 6 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya

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

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 8 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
  • Feb 9 British troops conquer El Agheila
  • Feb 9 Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
  • Feb 10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C.-Harrisonburg, VA
  • Feb 10 Anti-Nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands
  • Feb 11 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)

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Feb 11 Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Feb 11 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
  • Feb 12 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms under Ascher/Cohen
  • Feb 12 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
  • Feb 13 Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
  • Feb 14 One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel
  • Feb 14 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
  • Feb 14 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • Feb 14 German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Feb 17 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Feb 19 Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
  • Feb 19 Nazi raid Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation
  • Feb 20 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • Feb 20 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
  • Feb 20 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
  • Feb 21 Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general
  • Feb 22 Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
  • Feb 22 German assault on El Agheila Libya
  • Feb 22 IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Feb 22 Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam
  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Feb 22 Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man" premieres
  • Feb 23 Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
  • Feb 24 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
  • Feb 24 Anti-Nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
  • Feb 25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • Feb 25 February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
  • Feb 26 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
  • Feb 26 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
  • Feb 26 Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
  • Feb 26 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Feb 28 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
  • Feb 28 British-Italian dogfight above Albania
  • Mar 1 Captain America first appears in comic book form, published by Timely Comics
  • Mar 1 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn
  • Mar 1 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
  • Mar 1 German troops invade Bulgaria
  • Mar 1 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Mar 2 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

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

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 4 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
  • Mar 4 NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots

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Mar 4 Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 4 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • Mar 7 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
  • Mar 7 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
  • Mar 7 British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Mar 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • Mar 10 Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets

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Mar 11 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 11 FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)
  • Mar 12 German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands
  • Mar 13 A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
  • Mar 14 Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
  • Mar 14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • Mar 15 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • Mar 16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • Mar 16 Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize
  • Mar 16 National Gallery of Art opens in Wash DC
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
  • Mar 20 Nazi-German/Yugoslav pact drawn
  • Mar 21 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation

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Mar 22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

  • Mar 24 British troops defeat British Somalia
  • Mar 24 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
  • Mar 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
  • Mar 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • Mar 24 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, SC, incorporated
  • Mar 27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • Mar 27 Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • Mar 27 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
  • Mar 28 Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
  • Mar 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • Mar 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34
  • Mar 29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • Mar 30 German counter offensive in North-Africa
  • Mar 31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, SF
  • Apr 1 Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 US Navy takes over Treasure Island (San Francisco Bay)
  • Apr 1 Nazis forbid Jews access to cafés
  • Apr 1 Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
  • Apr 1 The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted.
  • Apr 2 German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association

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Apr 3 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

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

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