Historical Events in January 1941

  • 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

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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