Historical Events in April 1941

  • 1st Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC
  • 1st US Navy takes over Treasure Island (San Francisco Bay)
  • 1st Nazis forbid Jews access to caf├ęs
  • 1st Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
  • 1st The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted.
  • 2nd German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association

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3rd Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 3rd Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
  • 3rd Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago
  • 4th German troops conquer Benghazi, Libya
  • 5th In SF, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • 6th 8th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
  • 6th Beginning of operation Bestrafung - German bombers attack Belgrade (17,000 die)
  • 6th British major general Michael Gambier-Parry captured in North Africa
  • 6th German bombardment of Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
  • 6th Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender to British & Ethiopian forces
  • 7th British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa

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8th Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 9th PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • 10th German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
  • 11th Germany blitzes Conventry, England
  • 11th Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
  • 11th Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets
  • 12th Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games

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12th Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 13th Heavy German assault on Tobruk
  • 13th Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • 14th 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up
  • 14th King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
  • 15th 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct
  • 16th Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
  • 17th British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • 17th US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
  • 17th World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 19th 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
  • 19th Bertolt Brecht's play "Mother Courage and her Childeren" premieres in Zurich
  • 19th Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
  • 19th Milk rationed in Holland
  • 20th 100 German bombers attack Athens
  • 20th Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • 21st Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
  • 23rd Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
  • 24th British army begins evacuation of Greece
  • 24th Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
  • 25th Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
  • 26th A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 26th Potatoes rationed in Holland
  • 27th German troops occupy Athens, Greece
  • 28th Last British troops in Greece surrender
  • 30th Spread of Judaism begins in Croatia