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Events in History in 1941 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 516 of 516

  • 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
  • Nov 13 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal near Gibraltar
  • Nov 14 British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank in Mediterranean, having been torpedoed by a German submarine the day before
  • Nov 14 Governr-General Wouters of Dutch Antilles refuses Jews refuge
  • Nov 15 Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
  • Nov 15 Yugoslav government in exile names Draza Mihailovic premier
  • Nov 16 German troops conquer Kertsh (probably)
  • Nov 18 British troops open attack on Tobruk, North Africa
  • Nov 18 Jerome Chodorov/Joseph Fields' "Junior Miss" premieres in NYC

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Nov 18 Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Nov 20 Adm Nomura & Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
  • Nov 20 German "auxiliary cruiser" (armed merchant raider) Kormoran sinks near Australia
  • Nov 21 German troops occupy Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia

  • Nov 22 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis
  • Nov 22 NZ troops conquer Ft Capuzzo Libya
  • Nov 23 German troops conquer Klin, at NW of Moscow
  • Nov 24 "Life Certificates" issued to some Jews of Vilna, the rest are exterminated
  • Nov 24 Indian infantry attacks German tanks at Sidi Omar
  • Nov 24 US troops land on Suriname to protect bauxite mine
  • Nov 25 German Jews in Netherlands declared stateless (lose of nationality)
  • Nov 25 Finland joined the Anti-Komintern Pact.
  • Nov 26 General Alan Cunningham relieved of command of British 8th Army in North Africa
  • Nov 26 British troops conquer Belhamed, Sidi Rezegh & El Duda

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

Nov 26 Japanese naval carrier force left its base & moves east toward 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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  • Nov 26 Lebanon independence first proclaimed by France
  • Nov 27 British 13th Army Corps reaches Tobruk
  • Nov 27 USSR begins a counter offensive, causes Germany to retreat
  • Nov 28 German troops vacate Rostov
  • Nov 29 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet
  • Nov 30 101 year old Nyack-Tarrytown (NY) ferry makes its last run

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Nov 30 Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada and Nagano

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Dec 1 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
  • Dec 1 Japanese Emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war

  • Dec 1 US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organizes
  • Dec 2 Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill, New York
  • Dec 2 US Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul

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Dec 2 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto

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Dec 2 American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

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Dec 3 Adolf Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 4 Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
  • Dec 5 Football Writers Association of America organized
  • Dec 5 Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Soviet anti-offensive in Moscow drives out Nazi army
  • Dec 5 Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
  • Dec 5 US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
  • Dec 6 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • Dec 6 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
  • Dec 7 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • Dec 7 German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
  • Dec 7 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • Dec 7 Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
  • Dec 7 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
  • Dec 8 Chełmno extermination camp opens, 50 kilometres from Łódź, Poland
  • Dec 8 London: Dutch government-in-exile declares war on Japan
  • Dec 8 Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
  • Dec 8 San Francisco 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM
  • Dec 8 US and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters World War II

'Infamy' as Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor'Infamy' as Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor

Dec 8 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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The USS Shaw explodes after taking a direct hit at Pearl Harbor. © Everett Historical/Shutterstock.com
The USS Shaw explodes after taking a direct hit at Pearl Harbor. © Everett Historical/Shutterstock.com
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  • Dec 9 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines

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Dec 9 300 Montgomery, San Francisco opens as new Bank of America HQ

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • Dec 9 China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy
  • Dec 9 Citizen Register reports "Hostile planes reported nearing Westchester"
  • Dec 9 Adolf Hitler orders US ships to be torpedoed
  • Dec 10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • Dec 10 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • Dec 10 Japanese troops overrun Guam
  • Dec 11 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • Dec 11 Germany & Italy declare war on USA
  • Dec 11 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • Dec 11 Japanese occupy Guam
  • Dec 12 European reservists on Java mobilize
  • Dec 12 German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews
  • Dec 12 Soviet 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk
  • Dec 13 German occupiers forbid National Front and Netherland Union
  • Dec 13 Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die

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Dec 14 Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Dec 14 U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea
  • Dec 14 Japan and Thailand sign a treaty of alliance
  • Dec 15 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
  • Dec 15 German submarine U-127 sinks

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Dec 15 Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens, Heinrich Himmler falls faint

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • Dec 15 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
  • Dec 15 USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
  • Dec 15 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • Dec 16 Sarawak occupied by Japanese forces
  • Dec 17 Dutch & Australian troops land on Portuguese Timor
  • Dec 17 German submarine U-31 sunk

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Dec 17 German troops led by Erwin Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

  • Dec 17 World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
  • Dec 18 German submarine U-434 sinks
  • Dec 18 Japanese troops land on Hong Kong
  • Dec 19 German submarine U-574 sinks
  • Dec 19 Adolf Hitler takes complete command of German Army
  • Dec 19 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
  • Dec 20 Free France under adm Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
  • Dec 20 Japanese troops land on Mindanao, Philippines
  • Dec 20 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • Dec 21 German submarine U-567 sinks
  • Dec 22 Japan's invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines

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Dec 22 Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Dec 22 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a wartime conference
  • 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
  • Dec 24 First ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan
  • Dec 25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • Dec 25 Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan
  • 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"
  • 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