On This Day

What Happened on December 10, 1941

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z ) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • Japanese troops overrun Guam

Famous Birthdays

  • Chad Stuart, English rock vocalist and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy), born in Windermere, Cumberland, England
  • Fionnula Flanagan, Irish actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jeff Jones, Welsh cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in 60's), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • Peter Michael Goetz, American actor (Jumping Jack Flash, King Kong Lives), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Tommy Kirk, American actor (Old Yeller), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, killed in action at 26 after ordering his crew to bail out shortly before his bomber exploded