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1941Jimmy Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

1941Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

1941Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1941FDR & Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland

1941President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom from speech, worship, want and fear) during US State of Union address

1941Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1941Winston Churchill becomes 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"

1941Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released

1941FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

1941Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

1941Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg

1941Shah of Iran abdicates throne favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

1941Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin

1941Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

1941Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

1941Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio's streak of 74 games in reaching base

1941Hitler threatens Clemens August, Graf von Galen, Bishop of Münster

1941Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta

1941Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)

1941Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game

1941FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China

1941American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila

1941Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US

1941Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland

1941NY Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield

1941FDR declares state of emergency due to Germany's sinking of Robin Moor

1941Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler

1941Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and Richard L. M. Synge give the first demonstration of partition chromatography (separation of mixtures) at a meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead

1941Adolf Hitler says Russia is "broken" & would "never rise again"

1941Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"

1941Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy

1941Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941

1941At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

1941Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

1941German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa

1941"Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

1941Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine

1941Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler

1941Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1941British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign

1941Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro

1941Hitler orders US ships torpedoed

1941FDR issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination

1941Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

1941Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1941Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1941NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

1941Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia

1941FDR bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan

1941Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament

1941Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

194113th Academy Awards - "Rebecca," James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

1941Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

1941Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP

1941Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia

1941Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia

1941Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York

1941US President Franklin Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act

1941Hitler takes complete command of German Army

1941Charles Lindbergh, charges "British, Jewish & Roosevelt administration" are trying to get US into WW II

1941US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter

1941Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a wartime conference

1941FDR orders any Axis ship found in American waters be shot at on sight

1941Joe DiMaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak

1941Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

1941Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for talks with FDR

1941Florey & Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)

1941Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1941Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

1941American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone

1941Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

1941Hitler orders for every dead German 100 Yugoslavians to be killed

1941 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Netherlands begins taxing wages 
Jan 1
Russian general Zhukov appointed chief of general staff 
Jan 2
World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales. 
Jan 2
World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort. 
Jan 3
Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease) 
Jan 3
Italian counter offensive in Albania 
Jan 3
Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia 
Jan 4
Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet 
Jan 5
British/Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia 
Jan 6
President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom from speech, worship, want and fear) during US State of Union address 
Jan 9
6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest Romania 
Jan 9
Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane 
Jan 10
Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic & Old Lace," premieres in NYC 
Jan 10
Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews 
Jan 10
World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura. 
Jan 11
Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton 
Jan 16
US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor 
Jan 16
War Dept forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets 
Jan 17
Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II. 
Jan 19
British offensive in Eritrea 
Jan 19
British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan 
Jan 20
Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC 
Jan 21
1st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria 
Jan 21
1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX 
Jan 21
Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya 
Jan 21
British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned 
Jan 22
1st mass killing of Jews in Romania 
Jan 22
British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians 
Jan 23
Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center 
Jan 23
WOR-AM in Newark NJ moves to NYC 
Jan 24
British troops march into Abyssinia 
Jan 25
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 27
Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor 
Jan 28
French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day. 
Jan 30
Australian troops conquer Derna, Libya 
Jan 31
21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton) 
Jan 31
Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands 
Jan 31
Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jan 31
Layforce set sail. 
Feb 1
US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn 
Feb 1
US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner 
Feb 3
Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets min wages & max hrs 
Feb 4
British tanks occupy Maus, Libya 
Feb 4
Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin 
Feb 4
United Service Organization (USO) founded 
Feb 5
Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands 
Feb 6
Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19) 
Feb 6
Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed 
Feb 6
British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya 
Feb 7
Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me" 
Feb 8
NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio 
Feb 9
British troops conquer El Agheila 
Feb 9
Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe) 
Feb 10
1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Wash, DC-Harrisonburg, VA 
Feb 10
Anti-nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands 
Feb 11
1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo) 
Feb 11
Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli 
Feb 11
Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments 
Feb 12
Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen 
Feb 12
Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome" 
Feb 13
Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council 
Feb 14
One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel 
Feb 14
Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published 
Feb 14
Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street 
Feb 14
German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya 
Feb 15
Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train" 
Feb 17
Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title 
Feb 19
Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews) 
Feb 19
Nazi raid Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation 
Feb 20
1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland 
Feb 20
Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation 
Feb 20
Romania breaks relations with Netherlands 
Feb 21
Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general 
Feb 22
Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal 
Feb 22
German assault on El Agheila Libya 
Feb 22
IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp 
Feb 22
Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam 
Feb 22
Paul Creston's 1st Symphony, premieres 
Feb 22
Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man," premieres 
Feb 23
Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg. 
Feb 24
43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague 
Feb 24
Anti nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam 
Feb 25
Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8) 
Feb 25
February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam 
Feb 26
2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO 
Feb 26
Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California) 
Feb 26
Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews 
Feb 26
Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory 
Feb 27
13th Academy Awards - "Rebecca," James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win 
Feb 28
39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month 
Feb 28
British-Italian dogfight above Albania 
Mar 1
"Captain America" appears in a comic book 
Mar 1
1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn 
Mar 1
Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner 
Mar 1
German troops invade Bulgaria 
Mar 1
Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp 
Mar 2
World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact. 
Mar 3
Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin 
Mar 4
18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague 
Mar 4
NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots 
Mar 4
Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler 
Mar 4
The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II. 
Mar 7
3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1") 
Mar 7
50,000 British soldiers land in Greece 
Mar 7
British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia) 
Mar 8
1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies) 
Mar 10
Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets 
Mar 11
Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ 
Mar 11
FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain) 
Mar 12
German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in Netherlands 
Mar 13
A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand) 
Mar 14
Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies 
Mar 14
Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu" 
Mar 15
Blizzard in ND kills 151 
Mar 16
Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60 
Mar 16
Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize 
Mar 16
National Gallery of Art opens in Wash DC 
Mar 19
Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena" 
Mar 20
Nazi-German/Yugoslav pact drawn 
Mar 21
Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 22
Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation 
Mar 22
Jimmy Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II 
Mar 24
British troops defeat British Somalia 
Mar 24
German troops occupy El Agheila Libya 
Mar 24
Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox 
Mar 24
LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship 
Mar 24
Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC 
Mar 25
Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, SC, incorporated 
Mar 27
Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years 
Mar 27
Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia) 
Mar 27
Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul 
Mar 28
Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy 
Mar 29
1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony" 
Mar 29
3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34 
Mar 29
WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format) 
Mar 30
German counter offensive in North-Africa 
Mar 31
Ground broken for Union Square Garage, SF 
Apr 1
Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine" premieres in NYC 
Apr 1
Navy takes over Treasure Island (SF Bay) 
Apr 1
Nazis forbid Jews access to cafés 
Apr 1
Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq 
Apr 1
The Blockade Runner Badge for German Kriegsmarine is instituted. 
Apr 2
German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association 
Apr 3
Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion 
Apr 3
Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq 
Apr 3
Walton's overture "Scapino" premieres in Chicago 
Apr 4
German troops conquer Banghazi 
Apr 5
In SF, Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses 
Apr 6
8th Golf Masters Championship: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 6
Begin oper Bestrafung-Germany bomb attacks Belgrade (17,000 die) 
Apr 6
British general Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa 
Apr 6
German bombardment on Piraeus (munitions ship explodes) 
Apr 6
Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British & Ethiopian forces 
Apr 7
British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa 
Apr 8
Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title 
Apr 9
PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame 
Apr 10
German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica 
Apr 11
Germany blitzes Conventry, England 
Apr 11
Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis 
Apr 11
Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets 
Apr 12
Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games 
Apr 12
Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler 
Apr 13
Heavy German assault on Tobruk 
Apr 13
Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed. 
Apr 14
1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up 
Apr 14
King Peter leaves Yugoslavia 
Apr 15
1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct 
Apr 16
Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes 
Apr 17
British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis 
Apr 17
Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing) 
Apr 17
World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany. 
Apr 19
45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38 
Apr 19
B Brecht's "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder" premieres in Zurich 
Apr 19
Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia 
Apr 19
Milk rationed in Holland 
Apr 20
100 German bombers attack Athens 
Apr 20
Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps 
Apr 21
Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany 
Apr 23
Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt 
Apr 24
British army begins evacuation of Greece 
Apr 24
Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot 
Apr 25
Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta 
Apr 26
A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs) 
Apr 26
Potatoes rationed in Holland 
Apr 27
German troops occupy Athens Greece 
Apr 28
Last British troops in Greece surrender 
Apr 30
Spread of Judaism begins in Croatia 
May 1
"Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY 
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
-4] German air raid on Liverpool 
May 3
67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4 
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 5
First modern perfume Chanel No. 5 released. 
May 6
Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia 
May 6
At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show. 
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
British Army breaks German spy codes 
May 9
Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders 
May 10
67th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8 
May 10
Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland 
May 10
British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid 
May 10
Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason 
May 11
1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England 
May 12
British forces march into Alexandria 
May 12
Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin. 
May 13
Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Chancellery in Germany 
May 13
Trial against resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves begins 
May 13
Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland 
May 14
3,600 Parisian Jews arrested 
May 15
1st British turbojet flies 
May 15
British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya 
May 15
Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1 
May 15
Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music 
May 16
1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers" 
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
An Egyptian steamer sinks 
May 18
Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain 
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 & Gregorian Reform" published 
May 20
Former Dutch PM Colijn says Neth 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
SS Robin Moore is first US ship sunk by a U-boat 
May 21
German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete 
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 average over .400 for 1st time in 1941 
May 26
American Flag House (Betsy Ross' Home) given to city of Phila 
May 26
Aircraft from HMS Ark Royal sights German battleship Bismarck 
May 26
German occupiers begin youth labor 
May 27
Allied troops begin evacuating Crete 
May 27
FDR 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 Wash DC, Griffith stadium (Yanks 6, Senators 5) 
May 28
British army begins evacuation of Crete 
May 28
NY Yankees nip Wash Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium 
May 30
1st anti semitic measures in Serbia 
May 30
British Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government 
May 30
Germans capture Crete 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h) 
May 31
-June 1) 32.0 cm rain falls on Burlington Kansas (state record) 
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 Crete 
May 31
German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools 
May 31
A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland claims 38 lives. 
Jun 1
12.59" (31.98 cm) rainfall, in Burlington, Kansas (state 24-hr record) 
Jun 1
British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq 
Jun 1
Germany bans all Catholic publications 
Jun 1
Germany occupies Crete 
Jun 1
NY Giant Mel Ott hits his 400th HR & his 1,500th RBI 
Jun 3
Attack on telephone exchange in Schiphol 
Jun 3
German occupiers stamp "J" on Jewish passports 
Jun 4
Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools 
Jun 4
Republic of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z 
Jun 5
Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ 
Jun 6
1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched 
Jun 6
Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time 
Jun 7
45th US Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Fort Worth 
Jun 7
73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31 (triple crown) 
Jun 7
Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and Richard L. M. Synge give the first demonstration of partition chromatography (separation of mixtures) at a meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead 
Jun 8
British & French troops overthrow pro-German Syria 
Jun 9
Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500 
Jun 9
Archbishop De Young bans priests cooperating with Rijks radio 
Jun 11
2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam 
Jun 11
Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews 
Jun 14
Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita KS 
Jun 14
Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia 
Jun 16
1st US federally owned airport opened Wash DC 
Jun 18
Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 18
Turkey signs peace treaty with nazi-Germany 
Jun 19
Cheerios Cereal invents an O-shaped cereal 
Jun 19
Romania orders Jews to evacuate Darabani 
Jun 19
US President Franklin Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act 
Jun 20
German U-203 fails on torpedo attack on US battleship Texas 
Jun 21
2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria 
Jun 21
After winning 20 straight at Fenway, Lefty Grove loses to Browns 
Jun 22
Estonians starts armed resistance against Soviet occupation 
Jun 22
Finland invades Karelia 
Jun 22
Germany attacks the Soviet Union & occupies the Baltic states 
Jun 22
Germany, Italy & Romania declare war on Soviet Union 
Jun 22
Michael Gerasimov opens grave of Tamerlan "Lenk" 
Jun 22
The Lithuanian 1941 independence begins. 
Jun 22
Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group. 
Jun 23
Germany occupies Telz, Lithuana 
Jun 24
Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated 
Jun 24
Germans advanced into Russia & took Vilna, Brest-Litovsk & Kaunas 
Jun 25
-26] Russian counter attack at Rovno 
Jun 25
FDR issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination 
Jun 25
Fair Employment Practices Commission established 
Jun 25
Finland declares war on Soviet Union 
Jun 25
Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there 
Jun 26
Finland enters WW II against Russia 
Jun 26
Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno 
Jun 27
Bialystok Poland falls to Germany 
Jun 27
Nazi manifest against the Jews in Amsterdam 
Jun 28
German & Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev 
Jun 28
German troops occupy Galicia, Poland 
Jun 29
DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 42 breaking Sisler's record 
Jun 30
61 U-boats (310,000 ton) sunk this month 
Jun 30
Pro-Nazi group declares Ukraine independence 
Jun 30
World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine. 
Jul 1
1st coml TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC 
Jul 1
Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial 
Jul 1
Joe DiMaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak 
Jul 1
WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jul 1
WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jul 2
DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak (45th of 56) 
Jul 2
Earthquake hits Palestine 
Jul 2
Nazi mass murder in Lvov/Lemberg (7,000 dead) 
Jul 2
Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London 
Jul 4
Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead 
Jul 4
Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes 
Jul 4
Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin 
Jul 5
German occupiers disband political parties 
Jul 6
NY Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield 
Jul 7
Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono, Lithuania 
Jul 7
US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion 
Jul 7
World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops. 
Jul 8
9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit 
Jul 8
All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish Star 
Jul 9
Dutch-American Physicist Abraham Pais is awarded his Ph.D. in Holland five days before a Nazi deadline banning Jews from receiving degrees 
Jul 10
Jedwabne Pogrom is a massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland. 
Jul 11
German troops attack Dnjepr 
Jul 13
24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver 
Jul 13
Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of ump Ray Snyder 
Jul 13
World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak). 
Jul 14
6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp 
Jul 14
Cease fire of Joan of Arc (ends combat in Lebanon & Syria) 
Jul 14
Jam rationed in Holland 
Jul 15
Florey & Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin) 
Jul 16
100°F (38°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle Wash 
Jul 16
Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game 
Jul 17
NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland 
Jul 18
SS drowns 40 Jews in Dvina River, Belorussia 
Jul 19
1st US Army flying school for black cadets dedicated (Tuskegee Ala) 
Jul 19
BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony) 
Jul 19
British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign 
Jul 19
President Roosevelt appointed FEP Committee 
Jul 20
Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17 
Jul 21
200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine 
Jul 21
Himmler orders building of Majdanek concentration camp 
Jul 24
FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China 
Jul 24
Nazis kill entire Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania 
Jul 24
Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game 
Jul 25
FDR bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan 
Jul 25
Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory) 
Jul 26
1st Dutch Austrians depart Hague 
Jul 26
US embargo on oil-export to Japan 
Jul 27
103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July 
Jul 27
German army enters Ukraine 
Jul 27
Japanese forces land in Indo-China 
Jul 30
German occupiers forbid SDAP, VDB, ARP, RKSP, CHU & SGP in Netherlands 
Jul 31
U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton 
Aug 1
Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division 
Aug 1
NY Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yanks 9, St L 0) 
Aug 1
The first Jeep is produced. 
Aug 2
German 11st Army surrounds 20 Russian divisions at Oeman 
Aug 2
Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia 
Aug 3
Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US 
Aug 3
German troops conquer Roslavl USSR 
Aug 3
Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio's streak of 74 games in reaching base 
Aug 4
Dodger Mickey Owens is 1st to catch 3 foul flies in an inning (3rd) 
Aug 4
Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US 
Aug 6
Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning 
Aug 7
551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania 
Aug 8
20 divisions of Russian 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman 
Aug 9
Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for talks with FDR 
Aug 10
FDR & Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland 
Aug 12
French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany 
Aug 13
Red army evacuates Smolensk 
Aug 14
US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter 
Aug 15
Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto 
Aug 16
HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England. 
Aug 17
German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan 
Aug 18
German concentration camp Amersfoort opens 
Aug 18
Phillies commit 8 errors in a game 
Aug 19
Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout 
Aug 20
Police raid 11th district of Paris, takes 4,000+ Jewish males 
Aug 22
Nazi troops reach Lenningrad 
Aug 25
British & Russian troops attack pro-German Iran 
Aug 25
German troops conquer Nowgorod, Leningrad 
Aug 27
Shah of Iran abdicates throne favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 
Aug 28
8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203) 
Aug 28
Last meeting of resistance fighter Comte d'Estienne d'Orves 
Aug 29
German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children 
Aug 30
Siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops began during WW II 
Aug 30
St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cin Reds, 2-0 
Aug 31
23 U-boats sunk this month (80,000 ton) 
Aug 31
Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC 
Sep 1
Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow star of David 
Sep 2
Academy copyrights Oscar statuette 
Sep 3
1First use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschwitz (on Russian prisoners of war) 
Sep 3
KYW TV channel 3 in Philadelphia, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 4
NY Yankees, win earliest AL pennent (full season) 
Sep 4
US destroyer Greer fires on German submarine U-652 
Sep 4
Yanks beat Red Sox 6-3 & clinch their 12th & earliest pennant 
Sep 6
55th US Women's Tennis: Sarah H Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (75 62) 
Sep 6
61st US Men's Tennis: Robert L Riggs beats Francis Kovacs (2d 5-7 6-1 6-3 6-3) 
Sep 6
All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star 
Sep 6
Jews of Vilna Poland confined to their ghetto 
Sep 8
Blockade of Leningrad (St Petersburg) by Germany begins 
Sep 8
Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, is exterminated 
Sep 11
FDR orders any Axis ship found in American waters be shot at on sight 
Sep 11
Charles Lindbergh, charges "British, Jewish & Roosevelt administration" are trying to get US into WW II 
Sep 11
World War II: The U.S. Navy is ordered to attack German U-boats. 
Sep 11
Construction of the Pentagon begins (completed 15 Jan 1943) 
Sep 12
1st German ship in WW II captured by US ship (Busko) 
Sep 15
Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania 
Sep 16
German armour troops surround Kiev Ukraine 
Sep 16
Hitler orders for every dead German 100 Yugoslavians to be killed 
Sep 16
Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto 
Sep 17
Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4 
Sep 17
World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, is issued 
Sep 17
The New Zealand Labour Party abolish the death penalty (It is reintroduced by the National government in 1950 before being finally removed from the statute book in 1961) 
Sep 19
1st meeting of partisan leaders Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia 
Sep 19
German army conquerors Kiev 
Sep 19
Nazis force German Jews, 6 & over to wear Jewish stars 
Sep 21
US launches its 1st Liberty-ship, "Patrick Henry" 
Sep 22
British signal officer Bill Hudson lands in Montenegro 
Sep 23
General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London 
Sep 23
German air raid on Russian naval base at Kronstadt (battleship Marat sinks) 
Sep 23
The first gas murder experiments are conducted at Auschwitz. concentration camp 
Sep 24
Nine Allied governments pledge adherence to the common principles of policy set forth in the Atlantic Charter 
Sep 24
Bomb explosion in German headquarter in Hotel Continental in Kiev 
Sep 25
Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years 
Sep 26
Nazis slaughter about 34,000 Jews of Kiev 
Sep 27
1st WW II liberty ship, freighter Patrick Henry, launched 
Sep 28
Phillies lose club record 111th game 
Sep 28
Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg 
Sep 29
Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 29
Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade 
Sep 29
Nazi mass murder at Babi Jar, Soviet Union 
Sep 30
3,721 Jews are buried alive at Babi Yarravine (near Kiev) Ukraine 
Sep 30
53 U-boats sunk this month (202,000 tons) 
Sep 30
German assault on Moscow, Operation Typhoon, begins 
Oct 1
D Sjostakovitch plane evacuated in Moscow 
Oct 1
H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC 
Oct 1
Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series 
Oct 2
6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo 
Oct 2
Germans launch attack on Moscow 
Oct 3
Adolf Hitler says Russia is "broken" & would "never rise again" 
Oct 3
All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS 
Oct 3
Nazis blow up 6 synagoges in Paris 
Oct 5
Mickey Owens drops a 3rd strike, Tom Hendrick reaches 1st safely - would have been last out, instead Yanks score 4 & win 7-4 
Oct 6
German army occupies Briansk, USSR 
Oct 6
NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series 
Oct 7
German army occupies Viarma, USSR 
Oct 8
Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins 
Oct 9
A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president. 
Oct 10
German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney 
Oct 10
RAF bombs Piraeus to prevent German heavy armor advancement 
Oct 11
1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front 
Oct 12
Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis close in on Moscow 
Oct 13
Nazis kill 11,000 Jewish children/old people 
Oct 14
1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga 
Oct 15
1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe 
Oct 15
Japan Tojo regime forms 
Oct 15
Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death 
Oct 16
"Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers 
Oct 16
Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow 
Oct 16
Romanian Legionnaires enter Odessa, Russia 
Oct 17
1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland 
Oct 18
Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo 
Oct 19
1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico 
Oct 20
Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia 
Oct 22
Maxwell Anderson's "Candle in the Wind" premieres in NYC 
Oct 23
Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released 
Oct 25
16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine 
Oct 25
Germany attacks Moscow 
Oct 25
Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia 
Oct 26
2Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia 
Oct 26
US savings bonds go on sale 
Oct 27
Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan 
Oct 27
Nazi's directs gypsy ghetto in Belgrade 
Oct 29
Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City 
Oct 30
USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though US is not in war 
Oct 31
13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton) 
Oct 31
Mount Rushmore Monument is completed 
Oct 31
Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James 
Oct 31
Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49 
Nov 1
Chetniks attacks Tito's partizans in Uzice Yugoslavia 
Nov 1
Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki/Maejima arrive in Pearl Harbor 
Nov 2
German troops occupy Rostov 
Nov 3
Hirohiti's accord on Yamamoto's attack plan on Pearl Harbor fails 
Nov 5
Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki/Maejima leave Pearl Harbor 
Nov 6
Einsatz Gruppe kills 15,000 Jews of Rovno Ukraine 
Nov 6
Japanese fleet readies assault on Pearl Harbor 
Nov 6
USA lends Soviet Union $1 million 
Nov 7
British air attacks on Berlin, Mannheim & Ruhrgebied 
Nov 8
The Albanian Communist Party is founded. 
Nov 9
Hitler threatens Clemens August, Graf von Galen, Bishop of Münster 
Nov 11
Czech premier general Eliasj arrested by Nazis 
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 14
British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank in Mediterranean, having been torpedoed by a German submarine the day before 
Nov 14
Gov-Gen 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 17
Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres 
Nov 18
British troops open attack on Tobruk, North Africa 
Nov 18
Jerome Chodorov/Joseph Fields' "Junior Miss" premieres in NYC 
Nov 18
Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia 
Nov 20
Adm Nomura & Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note 
Nov 20
German Q/pirate ship Kormoran sinks near Australia 
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
Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player/manager 
Nov 25
Finland joined the Anti-Komintern Pact. 
Nov 26
Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro 
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 
Nov 26
Japanese naval carrier force left its base & moves east toward Pearl Harbor 
Nov 26
Lebanon independence first proclaimed by France 
Nov 27
British 13th Army Corps reaches Tobruk 
Nov 27
Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP 
Nov 27
USSR begins a counter offensive, causes Germany to retreat 
Nov 28
German troops vacate Rostov 
Nov 29
29th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16 
Nov 29
Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Jap war fleet 
Nov 30
101 year old Nyack-Tarrytown (NY) ferry makes its last run 
Nov 30
13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton) 
Nov 30
Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada & Nagano 
Dec 1
British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python 
Dec 1
Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war 
Dec 1
Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for 4 years 
Dec 1
US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) organizes 
Dec 2
Largest roller skating rink (outside of NYC) opens in Peekskill NY 
Dec 2
NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry 
Dec 2
Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul 
Dec 2
Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor 
Dec 2
American mobster Louis Buchalter is sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone 
Dec 3
Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine 
Dec 4
Nazi ordinances 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
Russian 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
Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu 
Dec 7
German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends 
Dec 7
Japanese attack on the US at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii 
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
Destruction Camp Chelmo opens 
Dec 8
London: Dutch government declares war on Japan 
Dec 8
Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo 
Dec 8
SF 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM 
Dec 8
US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II 
Dec 8
President Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbour 
Dec 9
1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines 
Dec 9
300 Montgomery, SF opens as new Bank of America HQ 
Dec 9
7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB) 
Dec 9
China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy 
Dec 9
Citizen Register reports "Hostile planes reported nearing Westchester" 
Dec 9
Hitler orders US ships torpedoed 
Dec 10
British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore 
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 US 
Dec 11
Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players & $50,000 
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
Russian 20th army recaptures Soljetsjnogorsk 
Dec 13
German occupiers forbid National Front & Netherland Union 
Dec 13
Lawine battlers destroy Haaraz, Peru; about 3,000 die 
Dec 13
U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal 
Dec 14
1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14 
Dec 14
Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York 
Dec 14
U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea 
Dec 15
Gas/electrical use restricted in Holland 
Dec 15
German submarine U-127 sinks 
Dec 15
Nazi's transfers 100 Czech citizens/Heinrich Himmler falls faint 
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 
Dec 17
Dutch & Australian troops lands on Portuguese Timor 
Dec 17
German submarine U-31 sunk 
Dec 17
German troops led by Rommel begin retreating in North Africa 
Dec 17
World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol. 
Dec 18
German submarine U-434 sinks 
Dec 18
Japanse troops land on Hong Kong 
Dec 19
German submarine U-574 sinks 
Dec 19
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 lands on Mindanao 
Dec 20
World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China. 
Dec 21
Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point 
Dec 21
Chicago bears win the NFL championship 
Dec 21
David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres 
Dec 21
German submarine U-567 sinks 
Dec 21
Last NFL drop kick for an extra point (Ray McLean, Chicago Bears) 
Dec 22
Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines 
Dec 22
Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia 
Dec 22
Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC 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
1st 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 1st British PM to address a joint meeting of Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing" 
Dec 27
Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city" 
Dec 27
Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony 
Dec 28
State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia/Moravia 
Dec 30
Nazibezetters oblige artsen member to become of Artsenkamer 
Dec 30
Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization 
Dec 30
Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament 
Dec 31
Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young 
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