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August 1941 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
  • Aug 1 The first Jeep is produced.
  • Aug 2 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Soviet divisions at Oeman
  • Aug 2 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
  • Aug 3 Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US
  • Aug 3 German troops conquer Roslavl USSR

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Aug 4 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Aug 7 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
  • Aug 8 20 divisions of Soviet 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman
  • Aug 9 Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for talks with FDR

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Aug 10 FDR & Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia, Newfoundland

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Aug 12 French Marshal Philippe Pétain gives full support to Nazi Germany

French General Philippe Pétain
French General
Philippe Pétain
  • Aug 13 Red army evacuates Smolensk, Russia, as the German army advances
  • Aug 14 US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter
  • Aug 15 Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto
  • Aug 16 HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
  • Aug 17 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
  • Aug 18 German concentration camp Amersfoort opens

Soviet UnionGermany Invades the Soviet Union

Aug 19 Romania annexes the Transnistria territory from the Soviet Union after Operation Barbarossa

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German troops cross the border point between Nazi Germany and the Sovet Union on June 22, 1941
German troops cross the border point between Nazi Germany and the Sovet Union on June 22, 1941
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  • Aug 20 Police raid 11th district of Paris, takes 4,000+ Jewish males
  • Aug 22 Nazi troops reach Lenningrad
  • Aug 25 British & Soviet troops attack pro-German Iran
  • Aug 25 German troops conquer Nowgorod, Leningrad

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Aug 27 Shah of Iran Rezā Shāh Pahlavi abdicates throne in favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Aug 28 Last meeting of resistance fighter Comte d'Estienne d'Orves
  • Aug 29 German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children
  • Aug 30 Winston Churchill approves a nuclear programme (Tube Alloys), first national leader to do so

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Ronald Harmon Brown, American politician (Democratic Party), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Aug 4 Ted Strickland, American politician, Governor of Ohio (2007-2011), born in Lucasville, Ohio
  • Aug 5 Leonid Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15), born in rasnyi Lyman, Soviet Union (d. 2010)
  • Aug 6 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • Aug 7 Thomas F Hartnett, American politician (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Aug 11 Elizabeth Holtzman, Bkln DA (D-Rep-NY, Watergate Committee)
  • Aug 12 Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
  • Aug 15 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut

Person of interestIbrahim Babangida

Aug 17 Ibrahim Babangida, Nigerian Head of State (1985–1993), born in Northern Region, British Nigeria

General and President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida
General and President of Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida
  • Aug 20 William H. Gray III, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2013)

Person of interestSlobodan Milošević

Aug 20 Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), born in Pozarevac

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • Aug 22 Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist, born in Wels (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (online shopping), born in Brocket Hall, England (d. 2014)
  • Aug 23 Patrick Taylor, Irish-Canadian medical researcher, editor, and novelist (An Irish Country series), born in Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 25 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1996)
  • Aug 26 Barbet Schroeder, Iranian-Swiss director (Barfly, Single White Female, More), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 27 Yuri Vassilyevich Malyshev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-2, T-11)
  • Aug 31 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (el Florilegio), dies at 70

Person of interestRabindranath Tagore

Aug 7 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), dies at 80

  • Aug 14 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • Aug 14 Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • Aug 14 Paul Sabatier, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - improving the hydrogenation of organic species in the presence of metals), dies at 86
  • Aug 29 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • Aug 29 Jan Louis Guillaume Doornik, Dutch resistance fighter in France, executed at 36
  • Aug 30 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist, dies at 67
  • Aug 31 Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (The Train of Life), committed suicide at 48