Today in History for May 1941

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 77 of 77

1st - "Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY
1st - General Mills introduces Cheerios
1st - German assault on Tobruk
2nd - FCC approves regular scheduled coml TV broadcasts to begin July 1
2nd - Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy
2nd - Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
2nd - Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400
3rd - -4] German air raid on Liverpool
3rd - 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
5th - 2 Fokker's employees flee Nazi occupied Netherlands to England
5th - Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
5th - Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 5th - Chanel No. 5 was released.
6th - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
6th - At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
7th - British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
7th - Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
7th - Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
8th - German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
9th - British Army breaks German spy codes
10th - 67th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8
10th - Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 10th - British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid
10th - Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
11th - 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
12th - British forces march into Alexandria
12th - Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
13th - Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany
13th - Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
13th - Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
14th - 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
15th - 1st British turbojet flies
15th - British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggioBaseball Player Joe DiMaggio 15th - Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1
15th - Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
16th - 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
16th - Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
16th - Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
16th - Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
17th - Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
18th - An Egyptian steamer sinks
18th - Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
18th - Jewish veterans honor their dead
19th - Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
19th - New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
20th - Archer's "Christian Calendar & Gregorian Reform" published
20th - Former Dutch PM Colijn says Neth Indies not ready for independence
20th - Germany invades Crete
20th - White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
21st - SS Robin Moore is first US ship sunk by a U-boat
21st - German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete
21st - Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
22nd - British troops attack Baghdad
23rd - Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
23rd - Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
24th - Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
25th - 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
25th - Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy RossSeamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross 26th - American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila
26th - Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck
26th - German occupiers begin youth labor
27th - Allied troops begin evacuating Crete
27th - FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor
27th - German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
28th - 1st night game at Wash DC, Griffith stadium (Yanks 6, Senators 5)
28th - British army begins evacuation of Crete
28th - NY Yankees nip Wash Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
30th - 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 30th - British Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government
30th - Germans capture Crete
30th - Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h)
31st - -June 1) 32.0 cm rain falls on Burlington Kansas (state record)
31st - 1st issue of "Parade" goes on sale
31st - 41 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
31st - British troops vacate Crete
31st - German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools
31st - A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland claims 38 lives.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 83 of 83

1st - Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
1st - Juraj Hatrick, composer
2nd - Jules Wijdenbosch, premier Suriname
2nd - Clay Carroll, American baseball player
3rd - Nona Gaprindasvili, USSR, world women's chess champ (1962-78)
3rd - Edward "Monk" Malloy, American university president
4th - David LaFlamme, Utah, electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day)
4th - George Will, Champaign, Illinois, American political analyst (Night Line)
5th - Aleksandr Ragulin, USSR, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
5th - Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)
6th - Fred J Eckert, (Rep-D-NY, 1985-87)
6th - Ghena Dimitrova, actress (Nabucco)
7th - Grahame Bilby, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966)
8th - James A Traficant Jr, (Rep-D-OH, 1985- )
8th - Jim Mitchum, Bridgeport CT, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6)
8th - John Fred, rocker
8th - Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
9th - Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Oly-silver-60)
9th - Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
9th - Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
10th - Danny Rapp, Phila, rocker (Danny & Juniors)
10th - Ken Berry, baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians)
10th - Win Bischoff, CEO (Schroders)
11th - Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
11th - Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
11th - Graham Miles, English snooker player
12th - Anthony Newman, Los Angeles California, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb)
12th - Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
12th - Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
13th - Joe Brown, singer/guitarist
13th - Ritchie Valens, singer (Donna, La Bamba)
13th - Senta Berger, Vienna Austria, actress (Cast a Giant Shadow)
14th - Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
15th - Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
15th - K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
15th - Lainie Kazan, Brooklyn, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches)
15th - Richard Edward Wilson, composer
16th - John McWilliams, MP
16th - Maurice Henry Weddington, composer
17th - David Howell Cope, composer
17th - Malcom Hale, rocker
17th - Miriam Margolyes, actress (Will Be)
17th - Ben Nelson. American politician
17th - Grace Zabriskie, American actress
18th - Diane McBain, Cleve Ohio, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass)
18th - M S Longair, astronomer
19th - Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
19th - Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
19th - Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
19th - Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
20th - Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
20th - John Strasberg, American actor
21st - Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, USSR, cosmonaut (TM-4)
21st - Ronald Isley, Cincinnati Ohio, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout)
21st - Martin Carthy, English musician
22nd - Paul Winfield, LA, actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack)
22nd - Sebastian Forbes, composer
22nd - Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
22nd - Martha Langbein, German athlete
23rd - Jackson Hill, composer
23rd - General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)
24th - Andres Garcia, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, actor (Tiger Shark)
24th - Baroness Hollis of Heigham, history lecturer (U of East Anglia)
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan (24th) 24th - Bob Dylan, [Robert Zimmerman], Duluth Minn, singer/songwriter (Blowin' in Wind)
24th - Brian Dennis, composer
24th - Konrad Boehmer, composer
24th - Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
24th - Tony Valentino, rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
26th - Imants Kalnins, composer
26th - Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
26th - John Kaufman, sculptor
27th - Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
27th - Allan Carr, Ill, director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire)
27th - Davina Phillips, actress
28th - Beth Howland, Boston Mass, actress (Vera-Alice, Company)
28th - Guntram Vesper, writer
29th - Douglas Scott, mountaineer
29th - Roy Crewsdon, Manchester, rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers)
31st - Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
31st - Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
31st - June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
31st - Kenneth Cooper, NYC, harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln)
31st - Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

American Politician Tom BradleyAmerican Politician Tom Bradley (4th) 4th - Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (23) weds Ethel Arnold

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 10 of 10

1st - John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
5th - Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
7th - David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies
7th - Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
8th - Heinrich Zollner, composer, dies at 86
23rd - Lord Herbert Austin, motor manufacturer, dies
23rd - Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45
24th - Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral ((WW II/Hood), dies in battle
27th - AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76
30th - Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)

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