1941 in History
January 1 Netherlands begins taxing wages
January 1 Russian general Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
January 3 Canada and U.S. acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
January 3 Italian counter offensive in Albania
January 3 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
January 4 Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
January 4 Sergey Rachmaninov's "Symphonie Dances," premieres in Philadelphia
January 5 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
January 6 FDR's "4 Freedoms" speech (speech, worship, from want and from fear)
January 8 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns
January 9 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest Romania
January 9 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Lancaster military plane
January 10 Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic and Old Lace," premieres in New York City
January 10 Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews
January 11 Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
January 16 U.S. Vice Admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
January 16 War Department forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
January 19 British offensive in Eritrea
January 19 British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan
January 20 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in New York City
January 21 1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
January 21 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX
January 21 Australia and Britain attack Tobruk Libya
January 21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
January 22 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
January 22 British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
January 23 Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
January 23 WOR-AM in Newark New Jersey moves to New York City
January 24 British troops march into Abyssinia
January 27 Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
January 30 Australian troops conquer Derna Libya
January 31 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
January 31 Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands
January 31 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
February 1 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
February 1 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
February 3 Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage and Hour law, sets minimum wages and max hours
February 4 British tanks occupy Maus Libya
February 4 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
February 4 United Service Organization, USO, founded
February 5 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
February 6 Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
February 6 Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
February 6 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
February 7 Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
February 8 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore
February 8 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
February 9 British troops conquer El Agheila
February 9 Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish cafe Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
February 10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Wash, DC-Harrisonburg, VA
February 10 Anti-nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands
February 11 Lieutenant-general Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
February 11 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
February 12 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen
February 12 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
February 13 Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
February 14 1,000,000th vehicle traverses the New York Midtown Tunnel
February 14 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
February 14 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
February 14 German Africa Corps lands in Tripoli, Libya
February 15 Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"
February 17 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
February 19 Nazi police attacks and driven away from Koco Amsterdam by young Jews
February 19 Nazi raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
February 20 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk, Poland
February 20 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
February 20 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
February 21 U.S. Senate accepts Omar Bradley's demotion to Brigadier-General
February 22 Arthur T "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
February 22 German assault on El Agheila Libya
February 22 IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
February 22 Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam
February 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony, premieres
February 22 Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man," premieres
February 24 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
February 24 Anti nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
February 25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
February 25 February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
February 26 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
February 26 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized, California
February 26 Utrecht and Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
February 26 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
February 28 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
February 28 British-Italian dogfight above Albania
March 1 1st U.S. commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
March 1 "Captain America" appears in a comic book
March 1 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
March 1 German troops invade Bulgaria
March 1 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp
March 3 Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Goring in Berlin
March 4 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
March 4 NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots
March 4 Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler
March 7 3rd largest snowfall in New York City history (18.1")
March 7 50,000 British soldiers lands in Greece
March 7 British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
March 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
March 10 Lee MacPhail, Dodger General Manager predicts all players will wear batting helmets
March 11 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ
March 11 Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Bill to lend money to Britain
March 12 German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands
March 13 A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand)
March 14 Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies
March 14 Xavier Cugat and Orchestra record "Babalu"
March 15 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151
March 16 Blizzard hits North Dakota and Minnesota killing 60
March 16 Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize
March 16 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington D.C.
March 17 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. opens
March 19 Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra record "Green Eyes" and "Maria Elena"
March 20 Nazi-German/Yugoslav pact drawn
March 21 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
March 22 Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation
March 24 British troops defeat British Somalia
March 24 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
March 24 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
March 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
March 24 Richard Wright and Paul Green's "Native Son," premieres in New York City
March 25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon South Carolina, incorporated
March 27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to U.S. for 99 years
March 27 Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
March 27 Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
March 28 Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy
March 29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Symphony da Requiem"
March 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: Wisconsin beats Washington State 39-34
March 29 WPAT radio in New Jersey begins broadcasting (country music format)
March 30 German counter offensive in North-Africa
March 31 Germany begins a counter offensive in Africa
March 31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, San Francisco
April 1 Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine," premieres in New York City
April 1 Navy takes over Treasure Island, in San Francisco Bay
April 1 Nazi's forbid Jews access to cafes
April 1 Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
April 2 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from SF
April 3 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion
April 3 Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
April 3 Waltons overture "Scapino," premieres in Chicago
April 4 German troops conquer Banghazi
April 5 In San Francisco, Castro and Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
April 6 8th Golf Masters Championship: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
April 6 Begin oper Bestrafung-Germany bomb attacks Belgrade (17,000 die)
April 6 British general Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa
April 6 German bombardment on Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
April 6 Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British and Ethiopian forces
April 7 British generals O'Connor and Neame captured in North Africa
April 8 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
April 9 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
April 10 German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
April 11 Germany blitzes Conventry, England
April 11 Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
April 11 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets
April 12 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
April 12 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalan consults with Hitler
April 13 Heavy German assault on Tobruk
April 13 Russian-Japan no-attack treaty goes into effect
April 14 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up
April 14 King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
April 15 1st helicopter flight of 1 hour duration, Stratford, Connecticut
April 16 Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
April 17 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
April 17 Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
April 19 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
April 19 B Brecht's "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder," premieres in Zurich
April 19 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
April 19 Milk rationed in Holland
April 20 100 German bombers attack Athens
April 20 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
April 21 Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
April 23 Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
April 24 British army begins evacuation of Greece
April 24 Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
April 25 Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
April 26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium for the Chicago Cubs
April 26 Potatoes rationed in Holland
April 27 German troops occupy Athens Greece
April 28 Last British troops in Greece surrenders
April 30 Spread of Judaism begins in Croatia
May 1 "Citizen Kane," directed and starring Orson Welles, premieres in New York
May 1 General Mills introduces Cheerios
May 1 German assault on Tobruk
May 2 FCC approves regular scheduled coml TV broadcasts to begin July 1
May 2 Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy
May 2 Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
May 2 Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400
May 3 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
May 3 German air raid on Liverpool
May 5 2 Fokker's employees flee nazi occupied Netherlands to England
May 5 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa
May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
May 6 Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
May 7 British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
May 7 Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
May 8 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
May 9 English Army breaks German spy codes
May 10 67th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8
May 10 Adolph Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland
May 10 England's House of Commons and Holborn Theater destroyed in a blitz
May 10 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
May 11 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
May 12 Great British convoy marches into Alexandria
May 13 Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Party Chancellery in Germany
May 13 Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins
May 13 Willy Lewis' U.S. jazz band performs in Switzerland
May 14 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
May 15 1st British turbojet flies
May 15 British attack Halfaya-pass and Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
May 15 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yankees lose 13-1
May 15 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
May 16 1st U.S. radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
May 16 Germans made their last major air attack on Britain
May 16 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
May 16 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
May 16 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
May 17 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
May 18 Italian army under general Aosta surrenders to Britain in Ethiopia
May 18 Jewish veterans honor their dead
May 19 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
May 19 New nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
May 20 Archer's "Christian Calendar and Gregorian Reform" published
May 20 Former Dutch Prime Minister Colijn says Netherlands Indies not ready for independence
May 20 Germany invades Crete
May 20 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
May 21 1st U.S. ship sunk by a U-boat (SS Robin Moore)
May 21 German airforce occupies airport at Maleme Kreta
May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
May 22 British troops attack Baghdad
May 23 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
May 23 Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
May 24 Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 die 3 survive
May 25 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India
May 25 Ted Williams raises his batting avg over .400 for 1st time in 1941
May 26 American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Philadelphia
May 26 Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck
May 26 German occupiers begin youth labor
May 27 Allied troops begin evacuating Kreta
May 27 Franklin D. Roosevelt declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor
May 27 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
May 28 1st night game at Washington D.C., Griffith stadium (Yankees 6, Senators 5)
May 28 British army begins evacuation of Kreta
May 28 New York Yankees nip Washington Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
May 30 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia
May 30 English Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government
May 30 German capture Kreta
May 31 1st issue of "Parade" goes on sale
May 31 41 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
May 31 British troops vacate Kreta
May 31 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach and swimming pools
June 1 12.59" (31.98 cm) rainfall, Burlington Kansas (state 24-hour record)
June 1 British troops occupy Bagdad Iraq
June 1 Germany bans all Catholic publications
June 1 Germany occupies Kreta
June 1 New York Giant Mel Ott hits his 400th home run and his 1,500th RBI
June 3 Attack on telephone exchange in Schiphol
June 3 Author Irving Wallace marries writer Sylvia Kahn
June 3 German occupiers stamp "J" on Jewish passports
June 4 Rep of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z
June 5 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
June 6 1st Navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched
June 6 Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time
June 7 45th U.S. Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Ft. Worth
June 7 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31, triple crown
June 8 English and French troop overthrow pro-German Syria
June 9 Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500
June 9 Archbishop De Young bans priest cooperation on Rijks radio
June 11 2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam
June 11 Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews
June 14 Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia
June 14 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita, Kansas
June 16 1st U.S. federally owned airport opened Washington D.C.
June 18 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
June 18 Turkey signs peace treaty with nazi-Germany
June 19 Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal
June 19 Romania orders Jews to evacuate Darabani
June 19 U.S. president Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act
June 20 German U-203 fails on torpedo attack on U.S. battleship Texas
June 21 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
June 21 After winning 20 straight at Fenway, Lefty Grove loses to Browns
June 22 Estonians starts armed resistance against Soviet occupation
June 22 Germany attacks the Soviet Union and occupies the Baltic states
June 22 Germany, Italy and Romania declares war on Soviet Union during WW II
June 22 Michael Gerasimov opens grave of Tamerlan "Lenk"
June 23 Germany occupies Telz Lithuana
June 24 Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated
June 24 Germans advanced into Russia and took Vilna, Brest-Litovsk and Kaunas
June 25 Fair Employment Practices Commission established
June 25 Finland declares war on Soviet Union
June 25 Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination
June 25 Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there
June 25 Russian counter attack at Rovno
June 26 Finland enters WW II against Russia
June 26 Lithuanian fascist massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
June 27 Bialystok Poland falls to Germany
June 27 Nazi manifest against the Jews in Amsterdam
June 28 German and Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev
June 28 German troops occupy Galicia Poland
June 29 DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 42 breaking Sisler's record
June 30 61 U-boats (310,000 ton) sunk this month
June 30 Pro-nazi group declares Ukraine independence
July 1 1st coml TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) and WCBW (CBS), New York City
July 1 Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial
July 1 Joe Dimaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak
July 1 WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 1 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in New York City (NBC) begins broadcasting
July 2 DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak (45th of 56)
July 2 Earthquake hits Palestine
July 2 Nazi mass murder in Lvov/Lemberg (7,000 dead)
July 2 Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," premieres in London
July 4 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin
July 4 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
July 4 Politburo of Yugoslav Communist Party reorganizes
July 5 German occupiers disband political parties
July 6 New York Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield
July 7 Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono, Lithuania
July 7 U.S. forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion
July 8 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
July 8 All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish Star
July 11 German troops attack Dnjepr
July 13 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver
July 13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of ump Ray Snyder
July 14 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
July 14 Cease fire of Joan of Arc, ends combat in Lebanon and Syria
July 14 Jam rationed in Holland
July 15 Florey and Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures, Penicillin
July 16 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle Wash
July 16 Joe Dimaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
July 17 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland
July 18 SS drowns 40 Jews in Dvina River, Belorussia
July 19 1st U.S. Army flying school for black cadets dedicated
July 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) (...-) 5th of Beethoven
July 19 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign
July 19 President Roosevelt appointed FEP Committee
July 20 Yankees beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
July 21 200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine
July 21 Himmler orders building of Majdanek concentration camp
July 24 Franklin D. Roosevelt demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China
July 24 Nazi execute entire Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania
July 24 Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
July 25 Franklin D. Roosevelt bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan
July 25 Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory)
July 26 1st Dutch Austrians depart Hague
July 26 "Camp Amersfoort" opened by Germany occupiers
July 26 U.S. embargo on oil-export to Japan
July 27 103 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
July 27 German army enters Ukraine
July 27 Japanese forces land in Indo-China
July 30 German occupiers forbid SDAP, VDB, ARP, RKSP, CHU and SGP in Netherlands
July 31 U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton
August 1 Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
August 1 New York Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yankees 9, St. L 0)
August 2 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Russian divisions at Oeman
August 2 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
August 3 Benzine sales limited in U.S.
August 3 Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio's streak of 74 games in reaching base
August 3 Gas sales limited in U.S.
August 3 German troops conquer Roslavl U.S.S.R.
August 4 Dodger Mickey Owens is 1st to catch 3 foul flies in an inning (3rd)
August 4 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to U.S.
August 6 Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
August 7 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
August 8 20 divisions of Russian 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman
August 9 Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for 1st talk with FDR
August 10 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland
August 11 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter
August 12 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany
August 13 Red army evacuates Smolensk
August 14 Atlantic Charter signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill
August 15 Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto
August 17 German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
August 18 Concentration camp Amersfoort opens
August 18 Phillies commit 8 errors in a game
August 19 Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout
August 20 Police raid 11th district of Paris, takes 4,000+ Jewish males
August 22 Nazi troops reach Lenningrad
August 25 English and Russian troops attack pro-German Iran
August 25 German troops conquer Nowgorod, Leningrad
August 27 Shah of Iran abdicates throne to his son Reza Pahlawi
August 28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
August 28 Last meeting of resistance fighter Comte d'Estienne d'Orves
August 29 German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children
August 30 Siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops began during WW II
August 30 St. Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
August 31 23 U-boats sunk this month (80,000 ton)
August 31 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee and Molly debuts on NBC
September 1 Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
September 2 Academy copyrights Oscar statuette
September 3 1st use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschwitz (on Russian prisoners of war)
September 3 KYW TV channel 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 4 New York Yankees, win earliest AL pennent (full season)
September 4 U.S. destroyer Greer fires on German submarine U-652
September 4 Yankees beat Red Sox 6-3 and clinch their 12th and earliest pennant
September 6 55th U.S. Womens Tennis: Sarah H Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (75 62)
September 6 61st U.S. Mens Tennis: Robert L Riggs beats F Kovacs (2d 57 61 63 63)
September 6 All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star
September 6 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to their ghetto
September 7 61st U.S. Mens Tennis: R L Riggs beats Francis Kovacs (2d 57 61 63 63)
September 8 Blockade of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) by Germany begins
September 8 Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania is exterminated
September 11 Belgium King Leopold secretly marries Lilian Baels
September 11 Charles Lindbergh, charges "British, Jewish and Roosevelt administration" are trying to get U.S. into WW II
September 11 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders any Axis ship found in American waters be shot on sight
September 12 1st German ship in WW II captured by U.S. ship (Busko)
September 15 Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
September 16 German armour troops surround Kiev Ukraine
September 16 Hitler orders for every dead German, 100 Yugoslavian be killed
September 16 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
September 17 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4
September 19 1st meeting of partizans Tito and Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
September 19 German army conquerors Kiev
September 19 Nazi's force German Jews, 6 and over to wear Jewish stars
September 21 U.S. launches its 1st Liberty-ship, "Patrick Henry"
September 22 British signal officer Bill Hudson lands in Montenegro
September 23 General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London
September 23 German air raid on Russian naval base Kronstadt (battleship Marat sinks)
September 24 9 Allied governments pledged adherence to Atlantic Charter
September 24 Bomb explosion in German headquarter in Hotel Continental in Kiev
September 25 Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years
September 26 Nazi's slaughter about 34,000 Jews of Kiev
September 27 1st WW II liberty ship, freighter Patrick Henry, launched
September 28 Phillies lose club record 111th game
September 28 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg
September 29 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
September 29 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
September 29 Nazi mass murder at Babi Jar, Soviet Union
September 30 3,721 Jews are buried alive at Babi Yarravine (near Kiev) Ukraine
September 30 53 U-boats sunk this month (202,000 tons)
September 30 German assault on Moscow: operation-Taifun, begins
October 1 D Sjostakovitch plane evacuated in Moscow
October 1 H Martin/R Blanes musical "Best Foot Forward," premieres in New York City
October 1 Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series
October 2 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
October 2 Germans launch attack on Moscow
October 3 Adolf Hitler says Russia is "broken" and would "never rise again"
October 3 All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS
October 3 Nazi's blow up 6 synagoges in Paris
October 5 Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike, Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely - would have been last out, instead Yankees score 4 and win 7-4
October 6 German army occupies Briansk, U.S.S.R.
October 6 New York Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series
October 7 German army occupies Viarma, U.S.S.R.
October 8 Concentration camp Birkenau begins being built
October 10 German U-boat torpedoes U.S. destroyer Kearney
October 11 1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front
October 12 Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis close in on Moscow
October 14 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk and Riga
October 15 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
October 15 Japan Tojo regime forms
October 15 Jews caught outside Polish Ghetto walls could be put to death
October 16 Germany advances within 60 miles of Moscow
October 16 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
October 16 Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa Russia
October 17 1st U.S. destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
October 18 Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
October 19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
October 20 Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia
October 22 Maxwell Anderson's "Candle in the Wind," premieres in New York City
October 23 Walt Disney's "Dumbo" released
October 25 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa, Ukraine
October 25 Germany attacks Moscow
October 25 Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia
October 26 2nd meeting partisans Tito and Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
October 26 U.S. savings bonds go on sale
October 27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
October 27 Nazi's directs gypsy ghetto in Belgrade
October 29 Cole Porters musical "Let's Face It," premieres in New York City
October 30 USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though U.S. is not in war
October 31 13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton)
October 31 Mount Rushmore is completed
October 31 Prior to U.S. in WW II, Germany torpedoes U.S. destroyer Reuben James
November 1 Chetniks attacks Tito's partizans in Uzice Yugoslavia
November 1 Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki/Maejima arrive in Pearl Harbor
November 2 German troops occupy Rostov
November 3 Hirohiti's accord on Yamamoto's attack plan on Pearl Harbor fails
November 5 Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki/Maejima leave Pearl Harbor
November 6 Einsatz group kills 15,000 Jews of Rovno Ukraine
November 6 Japanese fleet readies assault on Pearl Harbor
November 6 USA lends Soviet Union $1 million
November 7 British air attack on Berlin, Mannheim and Ruhrgebied
November 9 Hitler threatens bishop Clemens earl von Galen of Munster
November 11 Czechoslovakian premier general Eliasj arrested by nazis
November 12 Germany's drive to take Moscow halted
November 12 WOV-AM and WNEW-AM in New York City swaps call letters
November 13 British aircraft carrier "Ark Royal" sank in Mediterranean
November 13 German Abweht consults with Chetnikleider Draza Mihailovic
November 14 Governor-General Wouters of Dutch Antilles refuses Jews refugees
November 15 Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
November 15 Yugoslav government in exile names Draza Mihailovic premier
November 16 German troops conquer Kertsh (probably)
November 17 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
November 18 British troops open attack on Tobruk, North-Africa
November 18 Jerome Chodorov/Joseph Fields' "Junior Miss," premieres in New York City
November 18 Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia
November 20 Admiral Nomura and Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
November 20 German Q/pirate ship Kormoran sinks near Australia
November 22 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Atlantis
November 22 New Zealand troops conquer Ft. Capuzzo Libya
November 23 German troops conquer Klin, at NW of Moscow
November 24 Indian infantry attacks German tanks at Sidi Omar
November 24 "Life Certificates" issued to some Jews of Vilna, rest exterminated
November 24 U.S. troops land on Suriname to protect bauxite mine
November 25 German Jews in Netherlands declared stateless (lose of nationality)
November 25 Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player/manager
November 26 Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro
November 26 British North African commandant General Cunningham lay-offs
November 26 British troops conquer Belhamed, Sidi Rezegh and El Duda
November 26 Japanese carrier force left its base and moves east toward Pearl Harbor
November 26 Lebanon gains independence from France
November 27 British 13th Army corp reaches Tobruk
November 27 Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP
November 27 U.S.S.R. begins a counter offensive causes Germany to retreat
November 28 German troops vacate Rostov
November 29 29th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16
November 29 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet
November 30 101 year old Nyack-Tarrytown (NY) ferry makes it's last run
November 30 13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton)
November 30 Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada and Nagano
December 1 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
December 1 Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war
December 1 Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for 4 years
December 1 U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organizes
December 2 Largest roller skating rink (outside of New York City) opens in Peekskill NY
December 2 Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul
December 2 New York Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
December 2 Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
December 3 Hitler views Poltava Ukraine
December 4 Nazi ordinances places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
December 5 Football Writers Association of America organized
December 5 Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street," premieres in New York City
December 5 Russian anti offensive in Moscow drives out nazi army
December 5 Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved
December 5 U.S. aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor
December 6 Dutch and British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
December 6 King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels
December 6 New York City Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
December 7 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a U.S. ship (USS Ward)
December 7 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
December 7 Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
December 7 German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends
December 7 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, a date that will live in infamy
December 7 Nacht and Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
December 8 Destruction Camp Chelmo opens
December 8 London: Dutch government declares Japan the war
December 8 Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
December 8 SF 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM
December 8 U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan, U.S. enters WW II
December 9 1st U.S. WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
December 9 300 Montgomery, San Francisco opens as new Bank of America HQ
December 9 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
December 9 China declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy
December 9 Citizen Register reports "Hostile planes reported nearing Westchester"
December 9 Hitler orders U.S. ships torpedoed
December 10 British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore
December 10 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
December 10 Japanese troops overrun Guam
December 11 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
December 11 Germany and Italy declare war on US
December 11 Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players and $50,000
December 11 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
December 11 Japanese occupy Guam
December 12 European reservists on Java mobilizes
December 12 German occupying army do a house search in Paris looking for Jews
December 12 Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk
December 13 German occupiers forbid National Front and Netherland Union
December 13 Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die
December 13 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier Ark Royal
December 14 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
December 14 Premier Winston Churchill travels to U.S. on board HMS Duke of York
December 14 U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea
December 15 Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland
December 15 German submarine U-127 sinks
December 15 North Africa: allied assault up Italians Gazala-posing
December 15 USS Swordfish becomes 1st U.S. submarine to sink a Japanese ship
December 16 Sarawak occupied by Japanese
December 17 Dutch and Australian troops lands on Portuguese-Timor
December 17 German submarine U-31 sunk
December 17 German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa
December 18 German submarine U-434 sinks
December 18 Japanse troops land on Hong Kong
December 19 German submarine U-574 sinks
December 19 Hitler takes complete command of German Army
December 19 U.S. Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
December 20 Free France under Admiral Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquelon
December 20 Japanese troops lands on Mindanao
December 21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
December 21 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
December 21 David Diamond's 1st Symphony, premieres
December 21 German submarine U-567 sinks
December 21 Last NFL drop kick for an extra point (Ray McLean, Chicago Bears)
December 22 Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
December 22 Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia
December 22 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for a wartime conference
December 23 American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
December 23 British troops overrun Benghazi Libya
December 23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon Burma
December 24 1st ships of Admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan
December 25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
December 25 Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi/Kagu back in Kure, Japan
December 26 Winston Churchill becomes 1st British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"
December 27 Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"
December 27 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony
December 28 State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia/Moravia
December 30 Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach
December 30 Nazibezetters oblige artsen member to become of Artsenkamer
December 30 Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization
December 30 Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament
December 31 Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young