On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1941

Historical Events

  • British troop land in Iraq
  • Egyptian steamer SS Zamzam attacked and later scuttled by German cruiser Atlantis (all on board rescued)
  • US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
  • World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.

Famous Birthdays

  • Adolphus Hailstork, American composer (EarthRise (A Song of Healing); Ghosts in Grey and Blue), and educator, born in Rochester, New York
  • Max Stafford-Clark, English artistic director (Royal Court Theatre), born in Cambridge, England

Famous Weddings

Doris Day

American actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Famous Deaths

  • Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, dies in a German bombing raid of London at 43
1941 Highlights

About April 17, 1941

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aries