December 1941 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
  • Dec 1 Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war
  • Dec 1 US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organizes
  • Dec 2 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY
  • Dec 2 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
  • Dec 2 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

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Dec 2 American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

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Dec 3 Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 4 Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
  • Dec 5 Football Writers Association of America organized
  • Dec 5 Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Russian anti offensive in Moscow drives out nazi army
  • Dec 5 Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
  • Dec 5 US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
  • Dec 6 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • Dec 6 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
  • Dec 7 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • Dec 7 Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
  • Dec 7 German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
  • Dec 7 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2403 people
  • Dec 7 Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
  • Dec 7 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • Dec 8 Chełmno extermination camp opens, 50 kilometres from Łódź, Poland
  • Dec 8 London: Dutch government-in-exile declares war on Japan
  • Dec 8 Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
  • Dec 8 San Francisco 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM
  • Dec 8 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • Dec 8 President Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbour
  • Dec 9 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
  • Dec 9 300 Montgomery, SF opens as new Bank of America HQ
  • Dec 9 China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy
  • Dec 9 Citizen Register reports "Hostile planes reported nearing Westchester"
  • Dec 9 Hitler orders US ships are to be torpedoed
  • Dec 10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z ) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • Dec 10 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • Dec 10 Japanese troops overrun Guam
  • Dec 11 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • Dec 11 Germany & Italy declare war on USA
  • Dec 11 Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players & $50,000
  • Dec 11 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • Dec 11 Japanese occupy Guam
  • Dec 12 European reservists on Java mobilize
  • Dec 12 German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews
  • Dec 12 Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk
  • Dec 13 German occupiers forbid National Front & Netherland Union
  • Dec 13 Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die
  • Dec 13 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal

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Dec 14 Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Dec 14 U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea
  • Dec 14 Japan and Thailand sign a treaty of alliance
  • Dec 15 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
  • Dec 15 German submarine U-127 sinks
  • Dec 15 Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens/Heinrich Himmler falls faint
  • Dec 15 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
  • Dec 15 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
  • Dec 15 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • Dec 16 Sarawak occupied by Japanese forces
  • Dec 17 Dutch & Australian troops lands on Portuguese Timor
  • Dec 17 German submarine U-31 sunk

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Dec 17 German troops led by Erwin Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Dec 17 World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
  • Dec 18 German submarine U-434 sinks
  • Dec 18 Japanese troops land on Hong Kong
  • Dec 19 German submarine U-574 sinks
  • Dec 19 Hitler takes complete command of German Army
  • Dec 19 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
  • Dec 20 Free France under adm Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
  • Dec 20 Japanese troops lands on Mindanao
  • Dec 20 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • Dec 21 German submarine U-567 sinks
  • Dec 22 Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
  • Dec 22 Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia
  • Dec 22 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a wartime conference
  • Dec 23 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
  • Dec 23 British troops overrun Benghazi, Libya
  • Dec 23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon, Burma
  • Dec 24 First ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan
  • Dec 25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • Dec 25 Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan
  • Dec 26 Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"
  • Dec 27 Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"
  • Dec 28 State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia/Moravia
  • Dec 30 Nazibezetters oblige artsen member to become of Artsenkamer
  • Dec 30 Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization
  • Dec 30 Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament
  • Dec 31 Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Paul C W Chu, China, physicist (superconductivity)
  • Dec 5 David Wilson, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • Dec 6 Richard Speck, mass murderer (killed 8 student nurses in 1966)
  • Dec 8 Albert J Evenhuis, Dutch undersecretary of Economic (VVD)
  • Dec 8 Randall "Duke" Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman
  • Dec 11 Max Baucus, (Sen-D-Mont)
  • Dec 14 Ellen Willis, American journalist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 20 Frank Creton, Suriname/Neth painter
  • Dec 25 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author
  • Dec 28 Don Francisco, Spanish variety show host (Sabado Gigante)

Weddings in History

  • Dec 6 King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels
  • Dec 30 Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • Dec 7 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • Dec 7 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • Dec 7 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • Dec 7 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • Dec 7 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • Dec 9 Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • Dec 9 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Colin Kelly, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • Dec 11 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • Dec 11 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
  • Dec 12 Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
  • Dec 19 L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 20 Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • Dec 30 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)