On This Day

What Happened on December 10, 1941

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 cricket fast bowler (15 Tests England, 44 wickets), 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
1941 Highlights

About December 10, 1941

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 11 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius