May 1941 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 General Mills introduces Cheerios
  • May 1 German assault on Tobruk
  • May 2 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1

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May 2 Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 2 Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
  • May 3 -4] German air raid on Liverpool
  • 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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

  • 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 14 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
  • May 15 1st British turbojet flies
  • May 15 British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya
  • May 15 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
  • 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 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 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 21 SS Robin Moore is first US ship sunk by a U-boat
  • May 21 German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete
  • May 22 British troops attack Baghdad
  • 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 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 30 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia
  • May 30 British Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government
  • 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 A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, in neutral Ireland, claims 38 lives.

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Jules Wijdenbosch, premier Suriname
  • May 3 Nona Gaprindasvili, USSR, world women's chess champ (1962-78)
  • May 3 Edward "Monk" Malloy, American university president
  • May 4 George Will, Champaign, Illinois, American political analyst (Night Line)
  • May 6 Fred J Eckert, (Rep-D-NY, 1985-87)
  • May 8 James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • May 9 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • May 10 Win Bischoff, CEO (Schroders)
  • May 11 Graham Miles, English snooker player

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May 16 Aldrich Ames, CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

Soviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames
Soviet Union Spy
Aldrich Ames
  • May 17 Ben Nelson. American politician
  • May 18 M S Longair, astronomer
  • May 19 Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • May 19 Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
  • May 20 Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • May 21 Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, USSR, cosmonaut (TM-4)
  • May 22 Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • May 24 Baroness Hollis of Heigham, history lecturer (U of East Anglia)
  • May 24 Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • May 26 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • May 26 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • May 27 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
  • May 27 Allan Carr, Ill, director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire)
  • May 28 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • May 29 Douglas Scott, mountaineer
  • May 31 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • May 31 Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (23) weds Ethel Arnold

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley

Deaths in History

  • May 1 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • May 5 Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • May 7 David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies
  • May 7 Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • May 23 Lord Herbert Austin, motor manufacturer, dies
  • May 24 Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral (WW II-Hood), dies in battle
  • May 27 AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76
  • May 30 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)