Historical Events for Year 1941

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Jan 1st - Netherlands begins taxing wages
Jan 1st - Russian general Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
Jan 2nd - World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
Jan 2nd - World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
Jan 3rd - Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
Jan 3rd - Italian counter offensive in Albania
Jan 3rd - Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
Jan 4th - Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
Jan 5th - British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
Jan 6th - President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom from speech, worship, want and fear) during US State of Union address
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt Jan 9th - 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest Romania
Jan 9th - Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
Jan 10th - Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic & Old Lace," premieres in NYC
Jan 10th - Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews
Jan 10th - World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.
Jan 11th - Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
Jan 16th - US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
Jan 16th - War Dept forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
Jan 17th - Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
Jan 19th - British offensive in Eritrea
Jan 19th - British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan
Jan 20th - Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC
Jan 21st - 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
Jan 21st - 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
Jan 21st - Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
Jan 21st - British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
Jan 22nd - 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
Jan 22nd - British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
Jan 23rd - Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
Jan 23rd - WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC
Jan 24th - British troops march into Abyssinia
Jan 25th - Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.
Jan 27th - Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
Jan 28th - French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
Jan 30th - Australian troops conquer Derna, Libya
Jan 31st - 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
Jan 31st - Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe LouisBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis Jan 31st - Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
Jan 31st - Layforce set sail.
Feb 1st - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
Feb 1st - US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
Feb 3rd - Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets min wages & max hrs
Feb 4th - British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
Feb 4th - Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
Feb 4th - United Service Organization (USO) founded
Feb 5th - Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
Feb 6th - Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
Feb 6th - Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
Feb 6th - British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Feb 7th - Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
Feb 8th - NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
Feb 9th - British troops conquer El Agheila
Feb 9th - Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
Feb 10th - 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Wash, DC-Harrisonburg, VA
Feb 10th - Anti-nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands
Feb 11th - 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)
German WWII Field Marshal Erwin RommelGerman WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Feb 11th - Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
Feb 11th - Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
Feb 12th - Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen
Feb 12th - Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
Feb 13th - Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
Feb 14th - One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel
Feb 14th - Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
Feb 14th - Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
Feb 14th - German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya
Feb 15th - Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington Feb 17th - Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
Feb 19th - Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
Feb 19th - Nazi raid Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation
Feb 20th - 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
Feb 20th - Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
Feb 20th - Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
Feb 21st - Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general
Feb 22nd - Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
Feb 22nd - German assault on El Agheila Libya
Feb 22nd - IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Feb 22nd - Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam
Feb 22nd - Paul Creston's 1st Symphony, premieres
Feb 22nd - Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man," premieres
Feb 23rd - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
Feb 24th - 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
Feb 24th - Anti nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
Feb 25th - Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
Feb 25th - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
Feb 26th - 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
Feb 26th - Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
Feb 26th - Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
Feb 26th - Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
Actress and Dancer Ginger RogersActress and Dancer Ginger Rogers Feb 27th - 13th Academy Awards - "Rebecca," James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win
Feb 28th - 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
Feb 28th - British-Italian dogfight above Albania
Mar 1st - "Captain America" appears in a comic book
Mar 1st - 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn
Mar 1st - Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
Mar 1st - German troops invade Bulgaria
Mar 1st - Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
Mar 2nd - World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
Mar 3rd - Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin
Nazi Politician Hermann GoeringNazi Politician Hermann Goering Mar 4th - 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
Mar 4th - NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots
Mar 4th - Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler
Mar 4th - The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
Mar 7th - 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1")
Mar 7th - 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
Mar 7th - British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Mar 8th - 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
Mar 10th - Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets
Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko NagurskiHall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski Mar 11th - Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ
Mar 11th - FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)
Mar 12th - German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands
Mar 13th - A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
Mar 14th - Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
Mar 14th - Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
Mar 15th - Blizzard in ND kills 151
Mar 16th - Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
Mar 16th - Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize
Mar 16th - National Gallery of Art opens in Wash DC
Mar 19th - Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
Mar 20th - Nazi-German/Yugoslav pact drawn
Mar 21st - Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 22nd - Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
Actor Jimmy StewartActor Jimmy Stewart Mar 22nd - Jimmy Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II
Mar 24th - British troops defeat British Somalia
Mar 24th - German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
Mar 24th - Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
Mar 24th - LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
Mar 24th - Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
Mar 25th - Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, SC, incorporated
Mar 27th - Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler Mar 27th - Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
Mar 27th - Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
Mar 28th - Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
Mar 29th - 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
Mar 29th - 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34
Mar 29th - WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
Mar 30th - German counter offensive in North-Africa
Mar 31st - Ground broken for Union Square Garage, SF
Apr 1st - Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC
Apr 1st - Navy takes over Treasure Island (SF Bay)
Apr 1st - Nazis forbid Jews access to cafés
Apr 1st - Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
Apr 1st - The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted.
Apr 2nd - German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Apr 3rd - Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion
Apr 3rd - Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
Apr 3rd - Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago
Apr 4th - German troops conquer Banghazi
Apr 5th - In SF, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
Apr 6th - 8th Golf Masters Championship: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
Apr 6th - Begin oper Bestrafung-Germany bomb attacks Belgrade (17,000 die)

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