What Happened in 1941

Significant Events

  • 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
  • Jan 9 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jan 17 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II
  • May 5 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
  • May 6 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
  • May 9 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen
  • May 24 German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
  • Jun 14 Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia
  • Jun 22 Germany, Italy and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union
  • Jul 14 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
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On March 1, 1941

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Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber warns American Ambassador of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor

On January 27, 1941

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