On This Day

What Happened on July 1, 1941

Historical Events

  • 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

NY outfielder Joe DiMaggio, on way to a record 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game MLB hit streak in a 9-2 win over Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • John Gould, British composer and musical comic
  • Myron Scholes, Canadian-American financial economist (Nobel 1997), born in Timmins, Ontario
  • Rod Gilbert, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right-wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sally Quinn, American CBS newscaster (Morning Show), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe), born in Portland, Indiana
1941 Highlights

About July 1, 1941

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 3 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Cancer