On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1941

Historical Events

  • German athlete Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1,000m in 2:21.5 at Dresden, Germany
  • German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrés García, Mexican-Dominican actor (Tiger Shark), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter ("Blowin' In The Wind"; "The Times They Are A-Changin'"; "Positively Fourth Street") and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

  • Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, born in Berlin (2014)
  • Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, English Labour politician, born in Plympton, Plymouth (d. 2018)
  • Tony Valentino, Italian-American rock guitarist (Standells - "Dirty Water"), born in Sicily, Italy

Famous Deaths

  • Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral (WW II-Hood), dies in battle
1941 Highlights

About May 24, 1941

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 6 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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