January 1941 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Netherlands begins taxing wages

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Jan 1 Russian general Georgy Zhukov appointed chief of general staff

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • Jan 2 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Jan 2 World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
  • Jan 3 Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
  • Jan 3 Italian counter offensive in Albania
  • Jan 4 Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
  • Jan 5 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya

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Jan 6 President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during US State of Union address

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 9 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jan 9 Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
  • Jan 10 Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic & Old Lace," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 10 Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews
  • Jan 10 World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.
  • Jan 11 Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
  • Jan 16 US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 16 War Dept forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets

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Jan 17 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Jan 18 World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • Jan 19 British offensive in Eritrea
  • Jan 19 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
  • Jan 20 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC
  • Jan 21 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
  • Jan 21 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
  • Jan 21 Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
  • Jan 21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • Jan 22 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
  • Jan 22 British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • Jan 23 Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
  • Jan 23 WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
  • Jan 24 British troops march into Abyssinia
  • Jan 25 Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.
  • Jan 27 Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • Jan 29 Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece
  • Jan 30 Australian troops conquer Derna, Libya
  • Jan 31 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
  • Jan 31 Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 British army Layforce commando units set sail

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter of Ronald and Jane Wyman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 7 Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist
  • Jan 7 Frederick Drew Gregory, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 7 John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Jan 8 Boris Vallejo, Peruvian illustrator
  • Jan 9 Gilles Vaillancourt, Quebec politician
  • Jan 12 Jaime B Fuster, (Rep-D-PR, 1985- )
  • Jan 13 Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
  • Jan 14 Milan Kučan, Slovenian statesman
  • Jan 19 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)

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Jan 30 Dick Cheney, 46th US Vice President, born in Lincoln, Nebraska

46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney
46th US Vice-President
Dick Cheney
  • Jan 30 Gregory Benford, American author and scientist
  • Jan 31 George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
  • Jan 31 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Amy Johnson, British pilot who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies during a ferry flight at 37
  • Jan 6 Franz Hessel, German writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scout movement), dies at 83
  • Jan 9 Ko Boezeman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies
  • Jan 10 Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian, murdered at 67
  • Jan 10 Sir John Lavery, Northern Irish artist (b. 1856)
  • Jan 11 Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)

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Jan 13 James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • Jan 17 Jose Leite de Vasconcelos, Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek gen/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69