What Happened on May 1, 1941

Historical Events

Film Premiere

"Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

  • General Mills introduces CheeriOats (renamed Cheerios in 1945) an oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal
  • German assault on Tobruk
  • US savings bonds go on sale to help finance the war effort

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Barendrecht [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • Brian Glencross, Australian field hockey defender (93 caps; Olympic bronze 1964, silver 1968) and coach (Australia women Olympic gold 1988; Champions Trophy 1989, 91), born in Narrogin, Australia (d. 2022)
  • Juraj Hatrík, Slovak composer (Monumento malinconico; Dispute Over a Plastered Dwarf), and educator, born in Orkucany, Slovak Republic (d. 2021)

Famous Deaths

  • John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
1941 Highlights

About May 1, 1941

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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