October 1941 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 D Sjostakovitch plane evacuated in Moscow
  • Oct 2 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
  • Oct 2 Germans launch attack on Moscow

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Oct 3 Adolf Hitler says Russia is "broken" & would "never rise again"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Oct 3 All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS
  • Oct 3 Nazis blow up 6 synagoges in Paris
  • Oct 5 Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike, Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely - would have been last out, instead Yanks score 4 & win 7-4
  • Oct 6 German army occupies Briansk, USSR
  • Oct 7 German army occupies Viarma, USSR
  • Oct 8 Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins
  • Oct 9 A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
  • Oct 10 German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney
  • Oct 10 RAF bombs Piraeus to prevent German heavy armor advancing
  • Oct 11 1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front
  • Oct 12 Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis close in on Moscow
  • Oct 13 Nazis kill 11,000 Jewish children/old people
  • Oct 14 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga
  • Oct 15 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe

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Oct 15 Hideki Tojo becomes Prime Minister of Imperial Japan

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Oct 15 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • Oct 16 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
  • Oct 16 Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow
  • Oct 16 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa, Russia
  • Oct 17 1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
  • Oct 18 Russian spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • Oct 20 Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia
  • Oct 22 Maxwell Anderson's "Candle in the Wind" premieres in NYC

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Oct 23 Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Oct 25 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine
  • Oct 25 Germany attacks Moscow

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Oct 25 Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 26 2Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • Oct 26 US savings bonds go on sale
  • Oct 27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • Oct 27 Nazi's directs gypsy ghetto in Belgrade
  • Oct 30 USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though US is not in war
  • Oct 31 Mount Rushmore Monument is completed
  • Oct 31 Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • Oct 31 Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian

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Oct 4 Anne Rice, author (Interview with a Vampire), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Author Anne Rice
Anne Rice
  • Oct 4 Lori Saunders, Kansas City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails)
  • Oct 4 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • Oct 5 Eduardo Duhalde, President of Argentina
  • Oct 8 Jesse Jackson, Greenville SC, clergyman/presidential candidate (D)
  • Oct 9 Trent Lott, (Rep-R-MS, 1973- )
  • Oct 9 Brian Lamb, Founder of c-span
  • Oct 10 Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist
  • Oct 10 Laurence Henry Tribe, Shanghai China, Harvard Law professor
  • Oct 12 Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • Oct 12 Michael Mansfield, English barrister
  • Oct 14 Jim Courter, (Rep-R-NJ, 1979- )
  • Oct 21 Marina Ripa, countess/writer (My First 40 Years), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 23 Igor Smirnov, Moldovan politician
  • Oct 24 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer
  • Oct 25 Anne Tyler, American writer (Accidental Tourist)
  • Oct 31 Dan Alderson, American scientist

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 Louis D Brandeis, 1st Jewish Supreme Court Judge (1916-39), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 GJ Berenschot, general/supreme commander Dutch East Indies army, dies
  • Oct 17 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies
  • Oct 18 Dirk Fock, governor-general van/of Neth-Indies 1921-6, dies at 83
  • Oct 18 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (b. 1860)
  • Oct 26 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 27 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist (physiology of development, fertilization, cell division), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Oct 31 Herwarth Walden, writer, dies at 63