On This Day

What Happened on December 2, 1941

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
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  • Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill, New York
  • New York Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager; replaces another future Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Terry, who heads Giants' farm system
  • US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike England, Welsh soccer defender and manager (44 caps, Tottenham Hotspur; mgr Wales), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
  • Paul Ching Wu Chu, Chinese-American physicist (superconductivity), born in Changsha, Hunan, China
  • Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • Tom McGuiness, English rocker (The Blues Band), born in Wimbledon, London
1941 Highlights

About December 2, 1941

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 4 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius