Historical Events in October 1941

  • Oct 1 D Sjostakovitch plane evacuated in Moscow
  • Oct 1 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 1 Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series
  • Oct 2 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
  • Oct 2 Germans launch attack on Moscow

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Oct 3 Adolf Hitler says Russia is "broken" & would "never rise again"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Oct 3 All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS
  • Oct 3 Nazis blow up 6 synagoges in Paris

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Oct 3 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor premieres in New York City

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor
  • Oct 5 Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike, Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely - would have been last out, instead Yanks score 4 & win 7-4
  • Oct 6 German army occupies Briansk, USSR
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series
  • Oct 7 German army occupies Viarma, USSR
  • Oct 8 Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins
  • Oct 9 A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
  • Oct 10 German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney
  • Oct 10 RAF bombs Piraeus to prevent German heavy armor advancing
  • Oct 11 1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front
  • Oct 12 Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis close in on Moscow
  • Oct 13 Nazis kill 11,000 Jewish children/old people
  • Oct 14 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga
  • Oct 15 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
  • Oct 15 Hideki Tojo becomes Prime Minister of Imperial Japan
  • Oct 15 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • Oct 16 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
  • Oct 16 Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow
  • Oct 16 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa, Russia
  • Oct 17 1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
  • Oct 18 Russian spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • Oct 19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • Oct 20 Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia
  • Oct 22 Maxwell Anderson's "Candle in the Wind" premieres in NYC

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Oct 23 Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Oct 25 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine
  • Oct 25 Germany attacks Moscow

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Oct 25 Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 26 2Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • Oct 26 US savings bonds go on sale
  • Oct 27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • Oct 27 Nazi's directs gypsy ghetto in Belgrade

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Oct 28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City
  • Oct 30 USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though US is not in war
  • Oct 31 Mount Rushmore Monument is completed
  • Oct 31 Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • Oct 31 Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49