1941 in History – What happened in year 1941

In history, year 1941 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1941.

Know what happened in 1941:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 MayCitizen Kane, a widely acclaimed film by actor and director Orson Welles , premiered.
02 January Second World War-The Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, was severely damaged by German bombing during the Cardiff Blitz.
04 OctoberWillie Gillis, one of Norman Rockwell's trademark characters,debuted on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
05 FebruarySecond World War-British and Free French forces began the Battle of Keren to capture the strategic town of Keren in Italian Eritrea.
05 JuneSecond Sino-Japanese War-During one sortie in a five-yearbombing campaign on Chongqing, 4,000 people died of asphyxiation whenthe tunnel they were hiding in became blocked.
07 DecemberWorld War II-The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attackon Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United StatesPacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage inSoutheast Asia.
08 DecemberSecond World War-Led by Takashi Sakai, the Imperial JapaneseArmy invaded Hong Kong and quickly achieved air superiority by bombingKai Tak Airport.
08 September World War II-German forces severed the last land connection toLeningrad, beginning a 28-month siege that would result in the deaths ofover 1 million of the city's civilians from starvation, making it oneof the most lethal battles in world history.
10 AprilWorld War II-The Independent State of Croatia was established, with Ustaše leader Ante Pavelic as head of the puppet government of the Axis powers.
10 July The Holocaust-A group of non-Jewish ethnic Poles from aroundthe nearby area murdered hundreds of Jewish residents of Jedwabne inoccupied Poland.
10 MayWorld War II-Nazi leader Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland,claiming to be on a peace mission.
14 November Second World War-After suffering torpedo damage the previousday, the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (91) sank as it wasbeing towed to Gibraltar for repair.
19 March The Tuskegee Airmen , the first all-African American unit of the United States Army Air Corps, was activated.
21 January Sparked by the murder of a German officer in Bucharest, Romania, the day before, members of the Iron Guard engaged in a rebellion and pogrom, killing 125 Jews.
24 MaySecond World War-The German battleship Bismarck sank theBritish battlecruiser HMS Hood in eleven minutes at the Battle of theDenmark Strait.
27 September SS Patrick Henry, the first of 2,751 Liberty ships builtduring World War II by the United States, was launched.
29 March Second World War-British Royal Navy and Australian Navy ships intercepted and sank or severely damaged the ships of the Italian Regia Marina near Crete.
29 September The Holocaust-German Nazis aided by their collaborators beganthe Babi Yar massacre in Kiev, Ukraine, killing over 30,000 Jewishcivilians in two days and thousands more in the months that followed(monument pictured).
31 MayThe United Kingdom completed its re-occupation of Iraq,returning 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II (pictured).
31 OctoberOver 400 workers completed the 60-foot (18 m) busts of U.S.Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, andAbraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
08 DecemberThe Holocaust-The Chelmno extermination camp in occupiedPoland, the first such Nazi camp to kill the Jews of the GhettoLitzmannstadt and the Warthegau by poison gas, began operating.
07 NovemberWorld War II-German aircraft sank the Soviet hospital shipArmenia while she was evacuating civilians and wounded soldiers fromCrimea, killing an estimated 5,000 people.
20 OctoberWorld War II-German soldiers began a massacre of thousands ofcivilians in Kragujevac in Nazi-occupied Serbia.
03 SeptemberThe Holocaust-SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritzsch first usedthe pesticide Zyklon B to execute Soviet POWs en masse at Auschwitz;eventually it was used to kill about 1.2 million people.
16 SeptemberShah Reza Pahlavi of Iran was forced to abdicate in favour ofhis son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
14 AugustAfter a secret meeting aboard warships, British Prime MinisterWinston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (bothpictured) issued the Atlantic Charter, establishing a vision for a post-World War II world despite the fact that the United States had yet toenter the war.
24 AugustAdolf Hitler ordered the official termination of the T4euthanasia program of the mentally ill and disabled, although killingscontinued in secret for the remainder of the war.
31 JulyThe Holocaust-Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, HermannGöring ordered SS General Reinhard Heydrich to handle 'the finalsolution of the Jewish question'.
22 JuneWorld War II-As over 4.5 million Axis troops began theirinvasion of the Soviet Union, the Lithuanian Activist Front started anuprising to liberate Lithuania from Soviet occupation and establish anew government.
06 MayAmerican entertainer Bob Hope performed the first of his manyshows for the United Service Organizations.

List of famous birthdays in the year 1941:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 MayBruce Cameron / Bishop / Scotland
02 AugustJules A. Hoffmann / Academic / France
04 AugustMartin Jarvis / Actor / United Kingdom
05 JuneSpalding Gray / Actor / United States of America
05 JuneErasmo Carlos / Singer / Brazil
06 NovemberGuy Clark / Writer / United States of America
07 AprilGorden Kaye / Actor / United Kingdom
07 January Manfred Schellscheidt / Footballer / Germany
09 OctoberBrian Lamb / Broadcaster / United States of America
09 SeptemberOtis Redding / Writer / United States of America
13 JulyRobert Forster / Actor / United States of America
14 JulyAndreas Khol / Politician / Germany
18 JulyFrank Farian / Writer / Germany
20 MayGoh Chok Tong / Politician / Singapore
21 MayRonald Isley / Writer / United States of America
25 DecemberKenneth Calman / Academic / Scotland
27 AprilLee Roy Jordan / Footballer / United States of America
29 JulyGoenawan Mohamad / Poet / Indonesia
31 January Gerald McDermott / Author / United States of America
31 MayLouis Ignarro / Academic / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1941:

YearName / Profession / Country
02 SeptemberSadhna Shivdasani / Actress / India
28 DecemberIntikhab Alam / Cricketer / India
21 NovemberAnandiben Patel / Politician / India
04 SeptemberSushil Kumar Shinde / Politician / India
NA NAVeer Bahadur Singh / Politician / India
04 January Kalpnath Rai / Politician / India
04 SeptemberSushilkumar Shinde / Politician / India
30 SeptemberKamalesh Sharma / Academic / India
04 JanuaryAnjana Mumtaz / Actress / India
NA OctoberJatin Das / Painter / India
31 JulyAmar Singh Chaudhary / Politician / India
31 JulyAmarsinh Chaudhary / Politician / India
05 January Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi / Cricketer / India
08 February Jagjit Singh / Writer / India
21 JuneAloysius Paul D'Souza / Bishop / India
01 AprilAjit Wadekar / Cricketer / India
02 NovemberArun Shourie / Journalist / India
02 SeptemberSadhana Shivdasani / Actress / India
17 AugustDr. Bimal Jalan / Bureaucrat / India
02 NovemberArun Shourie / Journalist / India

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