What Happened on October 31, 1941

Historical Events

  • Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49
  • Mount Rushmore Monument is completed in South Dakota, designed by Gutzon Borglum
  • Prior to US joining WWII, German submarine U-552 torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James near Iceland
1941 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Alderson, American scientist (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and sci-fi fandom figure, (d. 1989)
  • Derek Bell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1975, 81, 82, 86, 87; World Sportscar C'ship 1985, 86; 24 Hours of Daytona 1987, 89), born in Pinner, England
  • Luke Jackson, American basketball center/forward (Olympic gold 1964; NBA C'ship 1967 Philadelphia 76ers; NBA All Star 1965), born in San Marcos, Texas (d. 2022)
Born in 1941

Famous Deaths

  • Herwarth Walden, German art writer and critic, dies in a Soviet prison at 63

About October 31, 1941

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 4 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

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