Historical Events in October 1941

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

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

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

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

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

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23rd Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released

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

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

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

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28th "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
  • 29th Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City
  • 30th USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though US is not in war
  • 31st Mount Rushmore Monument is completed
  • 31st Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • 31st Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49