On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1941

Historical Events

  • "Sullivan's Travels", directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, is released
  • Football Writers Association of America organized
  • Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street" premieres in NYC
  • Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
  • Soviet anti-offensive in Moscow drives out Nazi army

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave 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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Famous Deaths

  • Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Indian painter described as the “Indian Frida Kahlo" and "one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century," dies of complications from a failed abortion at 28
1941 Highlights

About December 5, 1941

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 11 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius