1941 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 528

  • Mar 16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • Mar 16 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 20 Nazi-German Yugoslav pact drawn
  • Mar 22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
  • Mar 24 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • Mar 24 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
  • Mar 24 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, South Carolina, incorporated
  • Mar 27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Adolf Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 27 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
  • Mar 28 Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
  • Mar 30 German counter offensive in North Africa
  • Mar 31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, San Francisco
  • Apr 1 Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 US Navy takes over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay

  • Apr 1 Nazis forbid Jews access to cafés
  • Apr 1 Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
  • Apr 1 The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted.
  • Apr 2 German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Apr 3 Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
  • Apr 3 Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago
  • Apr 4 German troops conquer Benghazi, Libya
  • Apr 5 San Francisco Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • Apr 6 Beginning of operation Bestrafung - German bombers attack Belgrade (17,000 die)
  • Apr 6 British major general Michael Gambier-Parry captured in North Africa
  • Apr 6 German bombardment of Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
  • Apr 6 Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender to British & Ethiopian forces
  • Apr 7 British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa
  • Apr 10 German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
  • Apr 11 Germany blitzes Coventry, England
  • Apr 11 Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
  • Apr 11 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets
  • Apr 12 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 13 Heavy German assault on Tobruk
  • Apr 13 Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • Apr 14 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up
  • Apr 14 King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
  • Apr 15 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct
  • Apr 16 Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes

  • Apr 17 British troop land in Iraq
  • Apr 17 US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
  • Apr 17 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • Apr 19 Bertolt Brecht's play "Mother Courage and her Childeren" premieres in Zurich
  • Apr 19 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
  • Apr 19 Milk rationed in Holland
  • Apr 20 100 German bombers attack Athens
  • Apr 21 Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
  • Apr 23 Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
  • Apr 24 British army begins evacuation of Greece
  • Apr 24 Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
  • Apr 25 Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
  • Apr 26 Potatoes rationed in Holland
  • Apr 27 German troops occupy Athens, Greece
  • Apr 28 Last British troops in Greece surrender
  • May 1 General Mills introduces CheeriOats (renamed Cheerios in 1945) an oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal
  • May 1 German assault on Tobruk
  • May 1 US savings bonds go on sale to help finance the war effort
  • May 2 Nazi occupied Netherlands lays off Jewish journalists
  • May 3 -4] German air raid on Liverpool
  • May 5 2 Fokker employees flee Nazi occupied Netherlands to England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 First modern perfume Chanel No. 5 released by fashion designer Coco Chanel

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 7 British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
  • May 7 Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
  • May 8 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

Computer Scientist Alan Turing
Computer Scientist
Alan Turing

MurderMurder of Interest

May 9 Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess escapes to Britain to open secret negotiations with the Allies, parachuting into Scotland

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • May 10 British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid
  • May 10 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
  • May 11 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Adolf Hitler's deputy

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • May 12 British forces march into Alexandria
  • May 12 Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin
  • May 13 Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany
  • May 13 Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
  • May 14 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
  • May 15 1st British turbojet flies
  • May 15 British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
  • May 16 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi, Ethiopia
  • May 16 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • May 17 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
  • May 18 An Egyptian steamer sinks
  • May 18 Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
  • May 18 Jewish veterans honor their dead
  • May 19 New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
  • May 20 Archer's "Christian Calendar & Gregorian Reform" published
  • May 20 Former Dutch PM Colijn says Neth Indies not ready for independence
  • May 20 Germany begins airbourne invasion of Crete
  • May 21 SS Robin Moor becomes the first US ship sunk by a U-boat during World War II
  • May 21 German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete
  • May 22 British troops attack Baghdad
  • May 23 Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
  • May 24 German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
  • May 25 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 241

  • May 22 Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • May 24 Baroness Hollis of Heigham, history lecturer (U of East Anglia)
  • May 24 Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • May 26 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • May 26 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • May 27 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
  • May 28 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • May 29 Douglas Scott, mountaineer
  • May 31 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • May 31 Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Jun 2 Oda Mayumi, resident artist (Green Gulch Zen Center), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 5 Jeffrey Rooker, MP (Labour)
  • Jun 6 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, born in Scotland (d. 2012)
  • Jun 7 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, born in Wells (d. 1972)
  • Jun 8 Joop van den Berg, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA), born in Bartlehiem, Netherlands
  • Jun 9 Peter Wilson, CEO (Gallaher)
  • Jun 12 Lucille Roybal-Allard, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 14 John Edgar Widerman, US writer
  • Jun 16 Mumtaz Hamid Rao, Pakistani journalist
  • Jun 19 Václav Klaus, Czech politician and former president
  • Jun 19 Conchita Carpio-Morales, Filipino Supreme Court justice and jurist
  • Jun 20 Ulf D Merbold, German physicist/astronaut (STS 9, 42, Soyuz TM-19)
  • Jun 23 Roger McDonald, Australian author
  • Jun 23 Richard M. Richie Roberts, American former Marine and New Jersey Police Detective, Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Jun 24 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
  • Jun 26 Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist (L'enfirouapé), born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
  • Jun 27 James P. Hogan, British sci-fi author (Giants' Star), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Jun 28 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (d. 2006)
  • Jun 29 Kwame Toure [Stokely Carmichael], American activist (Black Power movement), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1998)
  • Jul 1 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Jul 1 Myron Scholes, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Jul 3 Gloria Allred, American feminist and civil rights attorney, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 3 Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 4 Brian Willson, American peace activist, born in New York
  • Jul 4 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Barbara Frischmuth, writer
  • Jul 7 Michael Howard, British politician
  • Jul 9 James Scott, director (Strike it Rich)
  • Jul 9 Scotty Baesler, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jul 10 Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30), born in Komarovka, Belarus
  • Jul 10 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Jul 14 Tatyana Dmitryevna Kuznetsova, cosmonaut
  • Jul 14 Maulana Karenga, American author and activist
  • Jul 14 Andreas Khol, Austrian politician
  • Jul 16 George Young, Baron Young of Cookham, British minister of housing & planning, born in Oxford, England
  • Jul 16 Hans Wiegel, Dutch commissioner of the queen (Frisia), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 16 Jan Krajenbrink, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Oostwold, Netherlands
  • Jul 19 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • Jul 19 Jerry Huckaby, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Hodge, Jackson Parish Louisiana
  • Jul 19 Neelie Kroes, Dutch politician (VVD) and Minister of Traffic, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 20 Vladimir Afanasiyevich Lyakhov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 32/34, T-9, TM-6)
  • Jul 21 Jim Bates, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • Jul 23 Sergio Mattarella, Italian politician and President of Italy (2015-), born in Palermo, Italy

Person of interestEmmett Till

Jul 25 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, born in Chicago, Illinois

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • Jul 30 Count Desmond [Edward Benjamin], Binghamton NY, sword swallower
  • Jul 31 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, born in Surat, India (d. 2004)
  • 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 Denissovich Kizim, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15)
  • Aug 6 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • Aug 7 Thomas F Hartnett, (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86)
  • 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
  • Aug 17 Ibrahim Babangida, Nigerian Head of State (1985–1993), born in Northern Region, British Nigeria
  • Aug 20 William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 20 Robin Oakley, British journalist

Person of interestSlobodan Milosevic

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

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 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 25 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1996)
  • Aug 26 Barbet Schroeder, director (Barfly, Single White Female, More)
  • Aug 27 Yuri Vassilyevich Malyshev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-2, T-11)
  • Aug 31 Henk Terlingen, Dutch radio/TV-host (Paul Meier Show)
  • Aug 31 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman
  • Sep 3 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, born in Ufa, Republic of Bashkiria (d. 1990)
  • Sep 4 Marilena Chaui, Brazilian philosopher, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sep 4 Sushilkumar Shinde, Indian politician, Minister of Home Affairs (2012-14), born in Solapur, India
  • Sep 6 Willibrord Frequin, Dutch TV reporter, born in Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Sep 7 Mogoboya Noko Nelson Ramodike, South African politician in Lebowa (d. 2012)

Person of interestBernie Sanders

Sep 8 Bernie Sanders, American politician and Senator (Independent - Vt), born in Brooklyn, New York

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Sep 9 Les Braid, England, bass (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • Sep 9 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 2011)
  • Sep 10 Pyotr I Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

Sep 10 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • Sep 10 Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese inventor and video game designer (d. 1997)
  • Sep 13 Tadao Ando, Japanese self-taught architect, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 13 Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Turkish politician (10th President of Turkey), born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
  • Sep 15 Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 30), born in Lipniki, Reichskommissariat Ukraine, German-occupied Poland
  • Sep 16 Richard Perle, American political advisor
  • Sep 17 Robert T Matsui, (Rep-D-California, 1979- )
  • Sep 18 Clive Burton, neuropathologist (d. 1996)
  • Sep 19 Umberto Bossi, Italian politician (leader of the Northern League), born in Cassano Magnago, Italy
  • Sep 20 Dale Chihuly, artist in glass (Louis Tiffany Award 1967), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Sep 20 John A Wismont Jr, California, watercolor painter (over 50,000)
  • Sep 21 R. James Woolsey, Jr., American lawyer and director of Central Intelligence Agency, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 22 Jeremiah Wright, American pastor
  • Sep 27 Serge Ménard, Québécois politician
  • Sep 28 Edmund Stoiber, German politician
  • Sep 29 Colin Niven, Headmaster (Alleyn's School)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 138 of 138

  • Oct 26 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 27 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist (physiology of development, fertilization, cell division), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Oct 31 Herwarth Walden, writer, dies at 63
  • Nov 1 Camille Melloy, [the Paepe], Belgian priest/poet (Requiem), dies at 50
  • Nov 2 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • Nov 5 Arndt Pekurinen, Finnish pacifist (b. 1905)
  • Nov 6 Maurice Leblanc, French novelist (b. 1864)
  • Nov 7 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
  • Nov 8 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Elite Circle), dies at 83
  • Nov 12 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • Nov 17 Ernst Udet, German WWI pilot and notable flying ace who helped develop the Luftwaffe under the Nazi Party, commits suicide at 45
  • Nov 18 Walter H Nernst, German chemist (Nobel Prize 1920), dies at 77
  • Nov 18 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (Labour Party), dies at 74
  • Nov 18 Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • Nov 18 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist and chemist (Nobel 1920), dies at 77
  • Nov 21 Juanita Spellini, first women executed in Calif
  • Nov 21 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, dies at 81
  • Nov 21 George Morren, Flemish painter/sculptor, dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Werner Mölders, German ace fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • Nov 25 Pedro Aguirre Cerda, president Chili (People's Front), dies
  • Nov 26 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (b. 1861)
  • Nov 26 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (b. 1876)
  • Dec 3 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • Dec 5 Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Indian painter described as the “Indian Frida Kahlo" and "one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century," dies of complications from a failed abortion at 28
  • Dec 7 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • Dec 7 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • Dec 7 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • Dec 7 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • Dec 7 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • Dec 9 Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • Dec 9 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, killed in action at 26 after ordering his crew to bail out shortly before his bomber exploded
  • Dec 11 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • Dec 11 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician, died at 85
  • Dec 12 Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
  • Dec 19 L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 20 Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • Dec 30 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)