What Happened in August 1941

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
  • Aug 1 NY Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez sets MLB record for most walks in a shutout, issuing 11 in 9-0 win v St. Louis Browns
  • Aug 1 The first Jeep is produced.
  • Aug 2 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Soviet divisions at Oeman
  • Aug 2 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
  • Aug 3 Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US
  • Aug 3 German troops conquer Roslavl USSR

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Aug 3 Joe DiMaggio goes 0-4 in Yankees 6-2 loss v St. Louis Browns, ending his on-base streak of 74 games, 2nd in MLB history

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Aug 4 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens becomes 1st MLB player to take 3 foul pop-ups in one inning (3rd) in 11-6 win v NY Giants

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Aug 4 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Aug 6 Detroit Tigers pitcher Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices in an inning, a MLB record; wins 11-2 vs Cleveland Indians
  • Aug 7 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
  • Aug 8 20 divisions of Soviet 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman
  • Aug 9 Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for talks with FDR

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Aug 10 FDR & Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia, Newfoundland

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Aug 12 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany

  • Aug 13 Red army evacuates Smolensk
  • Aug 14 US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter
  • Aug 15 Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto
  • Aug 16 HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
  • Aug 17 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
  • Aug 18 German concentration camp Amersfoort opens
  • Aug 18 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game
  • Aug 19 Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout
  • Aug 20 Police raid 11th district of Paris, takes 4,000+ Jewish males
  • Aug 22 Nazi troops reach Lenningrad
  • Aug 25 British & Soviet troops attack pro-German Iran
  • Aug 25 German troops conquer Nowgorod, Leningrad

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Aug 27 Shah of Iran abdicates throne favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Aug 28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • Aug 28 Last meeting of resistance fighter Comte d'Estienne d'Orves
  • Aug 29 German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children
  • Aug 30 Siege of Leningrad by German troops begins during WWII
  • Aug 30 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
  • Aug 30 Winston Churchill approves a nuclear programme (Tube Alloys), first national leader to do so
  • Aug 31 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Ronald Harmon Brown, American politician (Democratic Party), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Aug 1 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, born in Septfonds, Tarn-et-Garonne, France (d. 2004)
  • Aug 2 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), born in Goldsboro, California (d. 2000)
  • Aug 2 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter (Be What You Are), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Aug 3 Beverly Lee, American singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Person of interestMartha Stewart

Aug 3 Martha Stewart, American business magnate and TV personality who founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart
  • Aug 4 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 4 Ted Strickland, American politician, Governor of Ohio (2007-2011), born in Lucasville, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Martin Jarvis, English actor, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Aug 5 Leonid Denissovich Kizim, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15)
  • Aug 6 Doris Ernestine Hays, composer
  • Aug 6 Hubertus AGM "Bert" Andre, Dutch actor (Turkish Fruit-Come Back)
  • Aug 6 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • Aug 6 Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • Aug 7 Thomas F Hartnett, (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86)
  • Aug 10 Anita Lonsbrough, England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 10 Kees van Kooten, Dutch TV host/founder (Simplistic Union)
  • Aug 10 George Bellamy, English rocker (The Tornados), born in Sunderland, England
  • Aug 11 Elizabeth Holtzman, Bkln DA (D-Rep-NY, Watergate Committee)
  • Aug 11 Patricio Guzman, director/actor (Cruz del Sur, Moon over Parador)
  • Aug 12 Deborah Walley, actress (Mothers-in-Law, Beach Blanket), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Aug 12 Jennifer Warren, American actress (Slap Shot, Fatal Beauty, Mutant), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 12 Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
  • Aug 12 Craig Douglas [Terence Perkins], English singer (Only Sixteen), born in Newport
  • Aug 13 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • Aug 13 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress, born in New Liskeard, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • Aug 14 Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
  • Aug 14 David Crosby, rocker (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 14 Peter Truscott, cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26)
  • Aug 15 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • Aug 15 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 17 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
  • Aug 17 Ibrahim Babangida, Nigerian Head of State (1985–1993), born in Northern Region, British Nigeria
  • Aug 18 Christopher Jones, actor (Wild in the Streets), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • Aug 18 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • Aug 20 William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 20 Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • Aug 20 Rich Brooks, American football coach
  • Aug 20 Robin Oakley, British journalist
  • Aug 20 Jo Ramirez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author

Person of interestSlobodan Milosevic

Aug 20 Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), born in Pozarevac

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Aug 21 Jackie DeShannon, American singer-songwriter (What the World Needs Now Is Love), born in Hazel, Kentucky
  • Aug 21 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), born in London (d. 2018)

Person of interestBill Parcells

Aug 22 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Aug 22 Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist, born in Wels (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (online shopping), born in Brocket Hall, England (d. 2014)
  • Aug 23 Gloria Ehret, American LPGA golfer, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 24 Ernest Wright Jr, US rock vocalist (Imperials-So Much)
  • Aug 25 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1996)
  • Aug 26 Barbet Schroeder, director (Barfly, Single White Female, More)
  • Aug 26 Chris Curtis, [Chris Crummy], rock drummer/vocalist (Deep Purple)
  • Aug 26 Akiko Wakabayashi, Japanese actress
  • Aug 27 Yuri Vassilyevich Malyshev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-2, T-11)
  • Aug 27 Harrison Page, American actor
  • Aug 27 Cesária Évora "the Barefoot Diva", Cape Verdean morna singer, born in Mindelo (d. 2011)
  • Aug 28 Paul Peter Plishka, American operatic bass (Bronx Botanical Gardens), born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 29 Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), born in London, England
  • Aug 30 John McNally, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 30 Sue MacGregor, BBC 4 radio broadcaster (Woman's Hour), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 30 Ben Jones, American politician and actor (The Dukes of Hazzard), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 31 Emanuel Nunes, composer
  • Aug 31 Henk Terlingen, Dutch radio/TV-host (Paul Meier Show)
  • Aug 31 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Actor Jackie Coogan (26) weds actress Flower Parry in Gardnerville, Nevada

  • Aug 12 "I Love Lucy" actress Vivan Vance (32) weds actor Philip Ober (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (26) weds trombonist Jimmy Monroe

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (el Florilegio), dies at 70

Person of interestRabindranath Tagore

Aug 7 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), dies at 80

  • Aug 12 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • Aug 14 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • Aug 14 Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • Aug 23 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • Aug 29 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • Aug 29 Jan Louis Guillaume Doornik, Dutch resistance fighter in France, executed at 36
  • Aug 30 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist (b. 1874)
  • Aug 31 Marian Zwetajewa, writer, dies
  • Aug 31 Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (The Train of Life), committed suicide at 48