Historical Events in April 1941

  • 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 caf├ęs
  • 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

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Apr 8 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
  • 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

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf 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