Historical Events in 1941 (Part 2)

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  • May 3 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
  • May 5 2 Fokker's employees flee Nazi occupied Netherlands to England
  • May 5 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
  • May 5 First modern perfume, Chanel No. 5 released

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May 6 Joseph Stalin became Premier of Russia

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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May 6 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope
  • May 7 British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
  • May 7 Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
  • May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
  • May 8 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
  • May 9 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

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May 9 Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

  • May 10 66th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8
  • May 10 Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland
  • May 10 British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid
  • May 10 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
  • May 11 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
  • May 12 British forces march into Alexandria
  • May 12 Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
  • May 13 Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany
  • May 13 Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
  • May 13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • May 14 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
  • May 15 1st British turbojet flies
  • May 15 British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 15 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 15 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
  • May 16 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 16 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
  • May 16 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • May 16 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • May 17 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
  • May 18 An Egyptian steamer sinks
  • May 18 Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
  • May 18 Jewish veterans honor their dead
  • May 19 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
  • May 19 New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
  • May 20 Archer's "Christian Calendar & Gregorian Reform" published
  • May 20 Former Dutch PM Colijn says Neth Indies not ready for independence
  • May 20 Germany begins airbourne invasion of Crete
  • May 20 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
  • May 21 SS Robin Moore is first US ship sunk by a U-boat
  • May 21 German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete
  • May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
  • May 22 British troops attack Baghdad

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 23 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • May 23 Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
  • May 24 German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
  • May 25 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India

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May 25 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

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May 26 American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • May 26 Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
  • May 26 German occupiers begin youth labor
  • May 27 Allied troops begin evacuating Crete

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May 27 FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • May 27 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
  • May 28 1st night game at Wash DC, Griffith stadium (Yanks 6, Senators 5)
  • May 28 British army begins evacuation of Crete
  • May 28 NY Yankees nip Wash Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
  • May 30 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia
  • May 30 British Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h)
  • May 31 -June 1) 32.0 cm rain falls on Burlington Kansas (state record)
  • May 31 1st issue of "Parade" goes on sale
  • May 31 41 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
  • May 31 British troops evacuate Crete
  • May 31 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools
  • May 31 A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, in neutral Ireland, claims 38 lives.
  • Jun 1 12.59" (31.98 cm) rainfall, in Burlington, Kansas (state 24-hr record)
  • Jun 1 British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq
  • Jun 1 Germany bans all Catholic publications
  • Jun 1 Germany occupies Crete after Allied evacuation
  • Jun 1 NY Giant Mel Ott hits his 400th HR & his 1,500th RBI
  • Jun 3 Attack on telephone exchange in Schiphol
  • Jun 3 German occupiers stamp "J" on Jewish passports
  • Jun 4 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • Jun 4 Republic of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z

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Jun 5 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jun 6 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched
  • Jun 6 Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time
  • Jun 7 45th US Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Fort Worth
  • Jun 7 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31 (triple crown)

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Jun 7 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and Richard L. M. Synge give the first demonstration of partition chromatography (separation of mixtures) at a meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin
  • Jun 8 British & French troops overthrow pro-German Syria
  • Jun 9 Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500
  • Jun 9 Archbishop De Young bans priests cooperating with Rijks radio
  • Jun 11 2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam
  • Jun 11 Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews
  • Jun 14 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita KS
  • Jun 14 Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia
  • Jun 16 1st US federally owned airport opened Wash DC
  • Jun 18 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 18 Turkey signs peace treaty with nazi-Germany
  • Jun 19 Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal
  • Jun 19 Romania orders Jews to evacuate Darabani
  • Jun 19 US President Franklin Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act
  • Jun 20 German U-203 fails on torpedo attack on US battleship Texas
  • Jun 21 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
  • Jun 21 After winning 20 straight at Fenway, Lefty Grove loses to Browns
  • Jun 22 Estonians starts armed resistance against Soviet occupation
  • Jun 22 Finland invades Karelia
  • Jun 22 Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union during WWII
  • Jun 22 Germany, Italy & Romania declare war on Soviet Union
  • Jun 22 Michael Gerasimov opens grave of Tamerlan "Lenk"
  • Jun 22 The Lithuanian 1941 independence begins.
  • Jun 22 Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group.
  • Jun 23 Germany occupies Telz, Lithuana
  • Jun 24 Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy, Lithuania, exterminated
  • Jun 24 Germans advanced into Russia & took Vilna, Brest-Litovsk & Kaunas
  • Jun 25 -26] Russian counter attack at Rovno
  • Jun 25 FDR issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination
  • Jun 25 Fair Employment Practices Commission established
  • Jun 25 Finland declares war on Soviet Union
  • Jun 25 Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there
  • Jun 26 Finland enters WW II against Russia
  • Jun 26 Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
  • Jun 27 Bialystok Poland falls to Germany
  • Jun 27 Nazi manifest against the Jews in Amsterdam
  • Jun 28 German & Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev
  • Jun 28 German troops occupy Galicia, Poland
  • Jun 29 DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 42 breaking Sisler's record
  • Jun 30 61 U-boats (310,000 ton) sunk this month
  • Jun 30 Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) declare Ukraine independent
  • Jun 30 World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine.
  • Jul 1 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • Jul 1 Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial
  • Jul 1 Joe DiMaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak
  • Jul 1 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak (45th of 56)
  • Jul 2 Nazi mass murder in Lvov/Lemberg (7,000 dead)
  • Jul 2 Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London
  • Jul 4 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
  • Jul 4 Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes

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Jul 4 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Jul 5 German occupiers disband political parties

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Jul 6 NY Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 7 Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono, Lithuania
  • Jul 7 US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion
  • Jul 7 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
  • Jul 8 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 8 All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish Star
  • Jul 9 Dutch-American Physicist Abraham Pais is awarded his Ph.D. in Holland five days before a Nazi deadline banning Jews from receiving degrees
  • Jul 10 Jedwabne Pogrom is a massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland.
  • Jul 11 German troops attack Dnjepr
  • Jul 13 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver
  • Jul 13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of ump Ray Snyder
  • Jul 13 World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).
  • Jul 14 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
  • Jul 14 Cease fire of Joan of Arc (ends combat in Lebanon & Syria)
  • Jul 14 Jam rationed in Holland
  • Jul 15 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)
  • Jul 16 100°F (38°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle Wash
  • Jul 16 Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
  • Jul 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland
  • Jul 18 SS drowns 40 Jews in Dvina River, Belorussia
  • Jul 19 1st US Army flying school for black cadets dedicated (Tuskegee Ala)

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Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)

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Jul 19 British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jul 19 President Roosevelt appointed FEP Committee
  • Jul 20 Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
  • Jul 21 200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine
  • Jul 21 Himmler orders building of Majdanek concentration camp
  • Jul 24 FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China
  • Jul 24 Nazis kill entire Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania
  • Jul 24 Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
  • Jul 25 FDR bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan
  • Jul 25 Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory)
  • Jul 26 1st Dutch Austrians depart Hague
  • Jul 26 US embargo on oil-export to Japan
  • Jul 27 103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • Jul 27 German army enters Ukraine
  • Jul 27 Japanese forces land in Indo-China
  • Jul 30 German occupiers forbid SDAP, VDB, ARP, RKSP, CHU & SGP in Netherlands
  • Jul 31 U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton
  • Aug 1 Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
  • Aug 1 NY Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yanks 9, St L 0)
  • Aug 1 The first Jeep is produced.
  • Aug 2 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Russian divisions at Oeman
  • Aug 2 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
  • Aug 3 Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US
  • Aug 3 German troops conquer Roslavl USSR
  • Aug 3 Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio's streak of 74 games in reaching base
  • Aug 4 Dodger Mickey Owens is 1st to catch 3 foul flies in an inning (3rd)
  • Aug 4 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US
  • Aug 6 Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
  • Aug 7 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
  • Aug 8 20 divisions of Russian 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman
  • Aug 9 Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for talks with FDR
  • Aug 10 FDR & Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia, Newfoundland
  • Aug 12 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany
  • Aug 13 Red army evacuates Smolensk
  • Aug 14 US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter
  • Aug 15 Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto
  • Aug 16 HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
  • Aug 17 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
  • Aug 18 German concentration camp Amersfoort opens
  • Aug 18 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game
  • Aug 19 Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout