April 1941 in History

Events in History

  • 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 cafés
  • 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 General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
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 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Roman Balayan, Nerke Azerbaijan, director (Filer, Biryuk)
  • Apr 6 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • Apr 8 Dame Vivienne Westwood, Tintwistle England, English fashion designer
  • Apr 10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer (Mosquito Coast)
  • Apr 11 David Lyle Boren, (Sen-D-OK, 1979- )
  • Apr 11 Frederick "Rick" Hauck, astr (STS-7, STS 51-A, STS-26), born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 11 Ellen Goodman, American political columnist
  • Apr 13 Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 14 Anatoli Pavlocich Fyodorov, cosmonaut
  • Apr 15 Howard L Berman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • Apr 16 Cliff Stearns, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Apr 17 Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director (Royal Court Theatre)
  • Apr 19 Michel Roux, chef de cuisine
  • Apr 20 Joni Evans, American publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 23 Hal Daub, (Rep-R-NB, 1981- )
  • Apr 23 Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
  • Apr 23 Ray Tomlinson, computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), born in Amsterdam , New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Lawrence J Smith, (Rep-D-FL, 1983- )
  • Apr 25 Princess Muna al-Hussein, of Jordan
  • Apr 27 Jan D Blaauw, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • Apr 27 Jennings Michael Burch, American author
  • Apr 28 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 28 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet
  • Apr 29 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)

Weddings in History

  • Apr 19 Youngest Mitford sister Deborah Mitford marries Andrew Cavendish, son of the Duke of Devonshire in London

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian, dies at 81
  • Apr 2 Paul Teleki, premier Hungary, dies
  • Apr 3 Pal Teleki-von Szek, PM Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), suicide at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 4 Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, writer, dies at 29
  • Apr 5 Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 13 Annie Jump Cannon, US astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomer
Annie Jump Cannon
  • Apr 14 Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies
  • Apr 14 Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • Apr 16 Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st baron/statisician, dies
  • Apr 18 ... Korysis, PM of Greece, commits suicide
  • Apr 20 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
  • Apr 24 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40
  • Apr 26 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiologist/educationalist, dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)