What Happened on December 17, 1941

Historical Events

  • Dutch & Australian troops land on Portuguese Timor
  • German submarine U-31 sunk

Historic Event

German troops led by Erwin Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

  • World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.

Famous Birthdays

  • David A. Gall, Canadian thoroughbred Hall of Fame jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1979, 81; first to ride 8 winners on single US race card), born in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan (d. 2021)
1941 Highlights

About December 17, 1941

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 11 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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