On This Day

What Happened in 1941

Important Events in 1941

  • Jan 6 US President Franklin Roosevelt makes his "Four Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during his US State of Union address
  • Jan 7 Chinese Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire on the surrounded Communist New Fourth Army at Maolin, Anhui Province, killing or capturing 7,000 troops

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1941 in Film & TV

  • May 1 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City
  • Jul 19 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon "The Midnight Snack" by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Oct 3 "The Maltese Falcon" directed by John Huston and based off Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, premieres in New York City
  • Oct 23 Walt Disney's animated film "Dumbo" released

1941 in Music

1941 in Sport

  • Apr 26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • Sep 17 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

Did You Know?

Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin

On May 12, 1941


Famous People in 1941

World Leaders in 1941

Would You Believe?

Adolf Hitler says Russia is "already broken and will never rise again" in a broadcast to the German people

On October 3, 1941

Famous Weddings in 1941


More Weddings & Divorces