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1941 in History (Part 6)

Events in History

Events 501 - 512 of 512

  • Dec 23 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
  • Dec 23 British troops overrun Benghazi, Libya
  • Dec 23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon, Burma

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

Dec 24 First ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan

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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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  • Dec 25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • Dec 25 Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Dec 27 Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"
  • Dec 28 State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia and Moravia
  • Dec 30 Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization

The Taming of Winston ChurchillThe Taming of Winston Churchill

Dec 30 In an emotional speech to the Canadian Parliament Winston Churchill states Britain will never surrender to "Hitler and his Nazi gang" and that "they have asked for total war. Let us make sure they get it". Afterwards Yousef Karsh captures him in his famous photograph, "The Roaring Lion".

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The Roaring Lion, Winston Churchill
The Roaring Lion, Winston Churchill
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  • Dec 31 Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young

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