Historical Events in June 1941

  • Jun 1 12.59" (31.98 cm) rainfall, in Burlington, Kansas (state 24-hr record)
  • Jun 1 British troops occupy Baghdad, Iraq

Sports History

Jun 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott hits his 400th career HR and his 1,500th RBI to help New York Giants to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds

  • Jun 1 Germany bans all Catholic publications
  • Jun 1 Germany occupies Crete after Allied evacuation
  • Jun 3 Attack on telephone exchange in Schiphol
  • Jun 3 German occupiers stamp "J" on Jewish passports
  • Jun 4 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • Jun 4 Republic of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z
  • Jun 5 German ammunition depot at medieval Smederovo Fortress, near Belgrade, Serbia explodes; kills close to 2,000

Sports History

Jun 5 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

  • Jun 5 World War II: At least 4,000 people who hid in a tunnel die after a Japanese air attack on the Chinese city of Chongqing
  • Jun 6 1st US Navy vessel constructed as mine layer, USS Terror (CM-5) launched from the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Jun 6 MLB New York Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time

Belmont Stakes

Jun 7 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Whirlaway to claim first of 2 Triple Crowns

Historic Event

Jun 7 Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and Richard L. M. Synge give the first demonstration of partition chromatography (separation of mixtures) at a meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead

US Golf Open

Jun 7 US Open Men's Golf, Colonial CC, Fort Worth: In sweltering heat, Craig Wood wins by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Denny Shute

  • Jun 8 British & French troops overthrow pro-German Syria
  • Jun 9 Archbishop De Young bans priests cooperating with Rijks radio
  • Jun 11 2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam
  • Jun 11 Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews
  • Jun 14 Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia

Historic Event

Jun 14 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) in Wichita, Kansas

  • Jun 16 1st US federally owned airport opened Washington, D.C.

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 18 In his 18th world heavyweight title defence Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13th round in front of a crowd of 54,487 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

  • Jun 18 Turkey signs peace treaty with nazi-Germany
  • Jun 19 Romania orders Jewish evacuation of Darabani
  • Jun 19 Soviet anthropologist Michael Gerasimov opens tomb of Timurid Empire founder Timur and allegedly finds the inscription that whoever opens the tomb shall "unleash an invader more terrible than I." Three days later Germany invades Russia.

Historic Event

Jun 19 US President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act

  • Jun 20 German U-203 fails on torpedo attack on US battleship Texas
  • Jun 21 2nd French troops occupies Damascus, Syria
  • Jun 22 June Uprising in Lithuania begins, resulting in the collapse of the Soviet occupation, but replaced with invading German forces shortly after

Germany Invades the Soviet Union

Jun 22 Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany and its allies invade the Soviet Union during WWII, the largest military operation in history

  • Jun 22 Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group
  • Jun 23 Germany occupies Telz, Lithuania
  • Jun 24 Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy, Lithuania, exterminated
  • Jun 24 Germans advance into Russia and take Vilna, Brest-Litovsk and Kaunas
  • Jun 25 -26] Soviet counter attack at Rovno, Ukraine
  • Jun 25 Fair Employment Practices Commission established
  • Jun 25 Finland declares war on Soviet Union
  • Jun 25 Finland enters WW2 against the USSR following a massive airstrike the previous day
  • Jun 25 Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there

Historic Event

Jun 25 James F. Byrnes is admitted to the US Supreme Court

  • Jun 25 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 8802, which forbids racial discrimination in the defense industry
  • Jun 26 Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
  • Jun 27 Bialystok Poland falls to Germany
  • Jun 27 Nazi manifest against the Jews in Amsterdam
  • Jun 28 German and Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev
  • Jun 28 German troops occupy Galicia, Poland
  • Jun 29 DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 42 breaking Sisler's record
  • Jun 30 Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) declare Ukraine independent
  • Jun 30 World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine