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1941 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 512


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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
  • 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
  • Aug 19 Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout

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

Soviet UnionSiege of Leningrad

Aug 30 Siege of Leningrad by German troops begins during WWII

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Two young girls help assemble Soviet submachine guns during the Siege of Leningrad
Two young girls help assemble Soviet submachine guns during the Siege of Leningrad
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Aug 30 Winston Churchill approves a nuclear programme (Tube Alloys), first national leader to do so

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Sep 1 Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow star of David
  • Sep 2 Academy copyrights Oscar statuette
  • Sep 3 1st use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschwitz (on Russian prisoners of war)
  • Sep 4 US destroyer Greer fires on German submarine U-652
  • Sep 6 All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star
  • Sep 6 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to their ghetto
  • Sep 8 Blockade of Leningrad (St Petersburg) by Germany begins
  • Sep 8 Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, is exterminated
  • Sep 11 FDR orders US Navy that any Axis ship found in American waters be shot at on sight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Charles Lindbergh, claims the "British, Jewish and Roosevelt administration" are trying to get the US into World War II

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Sep 11 Construction of the Pentagon begins in Arlington County, Virginia (completed Jan 15, 1943). Designed by architect George Bergstrom and built by contractor John McShain, construction was overseen by Leslie Groves.

US Army Engineer and WWII General Leslie Groves
US Army Engineer and WWII General
Leslie Groves
  • Sep 12 1st German ship in WW II captured by US ship (Busko)
  • Sep 15 Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil, Lithuania
  • Sep 16 German armoured troops surround Kiev, Ukraine

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Sep 16 Adolf Hitler orders that for every dead German, 100 Yugoslavs should be killed

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 16 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • Sep 17 World War II: A decree issued by the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch "Universal compulsory military training of the citizens of the USSR" in the face of the "Great Patriotic War"

  • Sep 17 The New Zealand Labour Party abolishes the death penalty (It is reintroduced by the National government in 1950 before being finally removed from the statute book in 1961)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Sep 17 Famous meeting between Danish physicist Niels Bohr and German head of nuclear energy project Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen to discuss nuclear weapons (date approximate)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Sep 19 1st meeting of partisan leaders Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Sep 19 German army conquers Kiev
  • Sep 19 Nazis force German Jews, 6 & over to wear Jewish stars
  • Sep 22 British signal officer Bill Hudson lands in Montenegro
  • Sep 23 General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London
  • Sep 23 German air raid on Soviet naval base at Kronstadt (battleship Marat sinks)
  • Sep 23 The first gas murder experiments are conducted at Auschwitz. concentration camp
  • Sep 24 Nine Allied governments pledge adherence to the common principles of policy set forth in the Atlantic Charter
  • Sep 24 Bomb explosion in German headquarter in Hotel Continental in Kiev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 US President Roosevelt launches the 1st Liberty ship, freighter SS Patrick Henry

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry

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Sep 27 Reinhard Heydrich, "butcher of Prague," appointed SS-general (Gruppenfuehrer)

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
  • Sep 29 Nazi massacre at Babi Yar ravine (near Kiev) Ukraine begins, 33,771 mostly Jews murdered
  • Sep 30 Approximately 33,771 Jews are shot to death or buried alive at Babi Yar ravine (near Kiev) Ukraine by Nazi troops over two days
  • Sep 30 German assault on Moscow, Operation Typhoon, begins
  • Oct 2 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
  • Oct 2 Germans launch attack on Moscow
  • Oct 3 Adolf Hitler says Russia is "already broken and will never rise again" in a broadcast to the German people
  • Oct 3 All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS
  • Oct 3 Nazis blow up 6 synagoges in Paris
  • Oct 6 German army occupies Briansk, USSR
  • Oct 7 German army occupies Viarma, USSR
  • Oct 8 Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins

USAManhattan Project

Oct 9 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves an atomic program that would become the Manhattan Project

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'Calutron Girls' monitoring a mass spectrometer during the Manhattan Project. Gladys Owens, in the foreground, did not know what she was involved with until seeing this picture on a tour fifty years later.
'Calutron Girls' monitoring a mass spectrometer during the Manhattan Project. Gladys Owens, in the foreground, did not know what she was involved with until seeing this picture on a tour fifty years later.
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  • Oct 9 Coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
  • Oct 10 RAF bombs Piraeus to prevent German heavy armor advancing
  • Oct 11 1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front
  • Oct 12 Soviet government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis forces close in on Moscow
  • Oct 13 Nazis kill 11,000 Jewish children and old people
  • Oct 14 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga
  • Oct 15 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe

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Oct 15 Hideki Tojo appointed Prime Minister of Imperial Japan

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Oct 15 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • Oct 16 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
  • Oct 16 Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow
  • Oct 16 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa, Russia
  • Oct 17 USS Kearney becomes the 1st US destroyer torpedoed in World War II, while the country is still officially neutral
  • Oct 18 Soviet spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • Oct 20 Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia

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Oct 22 Maxwell Anderson's "Candle in the Wind" premieres in NYC

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson
  • Oct 25 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine
  • Oct 25 Germany attacks Moscow
  • Oct 25 Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia
  • Oct 26 Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • Oct 27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • Oct 31 Mount Rushmore Monument is completed in South Dakota, designed by Gutzon Borglum
  • Oct 31 Prior to US joining WWII, German submarine U-552 torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James near Iceland
  • Oct 31 Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49
  • Nov 1 Chetniks attacks Tito's partizans in Uzice Yugoslavia

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

Nov 1 Japanese naval staff offiicers Suzuki & Maejima arrive at Pearl Harbor

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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
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CameraFamous Photo

Nov 1 Ansel Adams shoots 'Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico', one of his most famous photographs

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 Hirohito's accord on Yamamoto's attack plan on Pearl Harbor fails

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Nov 5 Japanese naval staff officers Suzuki and Maejima leave Pearl Harbor
  • Nov 6 Einsatz Gruppe kills 15,000 Jews of Rovno Ukraine
  • Nov 6 USA lends Soviet Union $1 million
  • Nov 7 British air attacks on Berlin, Mannheim & Ruhrgebied
  • Nov 8 The Albanian Communist Party is founded.
  • Nov 9 Hitler threatens Clemens August, Graf von Galen and Bishop of Münster
  • Nov 11 Czech premier General Eliasj arrested by Nazis
  • Nov 12 Germany's drive to take Moscow halted
  • Nov 12 WOV-AM & WNEW-AM in NYC swaps call letters
  • Nov 12 Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper Aircraft Corporation, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 13 German Abweht consults with Chetnikleider Draza Mihailovic

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