1941

In 1941, World War II had overshadowed many of the events that were taking place. Despite the horrors of the war, life was going on in other parts of the world.

1941

As Adolf Hitler waged war across Europe, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane debuted at the RKO Palace Theater on May 1st, in what is considered the greatest motion picture of all time. The film was to debut at the Radio City Theater, but controversy forced it to a change of venue to the smaller Palace Theater. While a preview of the movie garnered huge acclaim, Hedda Hopper, a film critic not amused by the film and with help from other Hollywood big shots then suppressed the film.Citizen Kane was a failure at the Box Office but managed to get nine Academy Award nominations, attendees booed Orson during the Academy awards ceremony.

Orson Welles was not the only one facing big troubles; Henry Ford was having a long and bitter struggle with the United Automobile Workers of America and Congress of Industrial Organizations (UAW-CIO). This was after President Roosevelt ascended to the Wagner Act that established collective bargaining to workers’ rights an attempt to regulate unfair practices from employers, employees and workers unions. On 20th of June, Ford bowed to the pressure and amended his signature to the contract. The Wagner Act brought about a new dawn to labor rights and today almost every group of employees is unionized.

Come December 7, a surprise attack on a US naval base in Hawaii by over 300 Japanese warplanes dropped bombs at will, started the war between USA and Japan. Deterioration of diplomatic relations between the two nations caught in the madness of the raging World War was the reason for the attack. By sun down on the 7 December 1941, over 2,000 Americans had lost their lives with 1,200 wounded. The USA retaliated six months later in the Battle of Midway.

Time holds the answers to the uncertainty of the present. Despite the unfortunate circumstances that led to the war, other parts of the world continued with their lives and it was not any rosier than the battlefronts as other forms of war were raging.

Discover how the world looked like in 1941

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Directed by: Orson Welles

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Country: United States of America

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson

Country: United States of America

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Country: United States of America

Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Country: United States of America

The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette

Country: United States of America

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1941?


Top #1 songs in the USA

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1941 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. Charles
  7. David
  8. Thomas
  9. Ronald
  10. Donald
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Barbara
  3. Patricia
  4. Carol
  5. Linda
  6. Judith
  7. Betty
  8. Nancy
  9. Sandra
  10. Shirley
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1941?


Events

  • 01 Jan Netherlands begins taxing wages.
  • 03 Jan Canada and US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 year lease).
  • 04 Jan The short subject ''Elmer's Pet Rabbit'' is released, marking the second appearance of Bugs Bunny, and also the first to have his name on a title card.
  • 05 Jan British / Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
  • 06 Jan US President Franklin Roosevelt gives "Four Freedoms" speech (speech, worship, from want, and from fear).
  • 08 Jan British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns.
  • 09 Jan 6,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest Romania.
  • 10 Jan Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews.
  • 11 Jan Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton.
  • 13 Jan All persons born in Puerto Rico since this day are declared U.S. citizens by birth, through U.S. federal law .
  • 14 Jan WWII: Commerce raiding ''hilfskreuzer Pinguin'' captures the Norwegian whaling fleet near Bouvet Island, effectively ending Southern Ocean whaling for the duration of the war.
  • 15 Jan John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford E. Berry describe the workings of the Atanasoff–Berry Computer in print.
  • 16 Jan War Department forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets.
  • 17 Jan Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive victory over the Royal Thai Navy.
  • 18 Jan World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.
  • 19 Jan British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan
  • 20 Jan A Nazi officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.
  • 21 Jan Australia and Britain attack Tobruk Libya
  • 22 Jan British / Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • 23 Jan WOR-AM in Newark New Jersey moves to New York City
  • 24 Jan British troops march into Abyssinia.
  • 25 Jan 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.
  • 27 Jan Peruvian agent Rivera-SchreibTr warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor.
  • 28 Jan French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 30 Jan Australian troops conquer Derna Libya.
  • 31 Jan 21 U-boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
  • 01 Feb US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn.
  • 03 Feb US Supreme Court upholds Federal Wage and Hour law, sets minimum wages and maximum hours.
  • 04 Feb Former Dutch Premier De Geer flies to Berlin
  • 05 Feb Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to the Netherlands
  • 06 Feb Auke Adema win 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19).
  • 07 Feb Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra record Everything Happens to Me
  • 08 Feb Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore.
  • 09 Feb British troops conquer El Agheila.
  • 10 Feb Anti-Nazi Het Parool begins publishing in the Netherlands
  • 11 Feb Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
  • 12 Feb Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher / Cohen
  • 13 Feb Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council.
  • 14 Feb Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • 15 Feb Duke Ellington 1st records Take the A Train
  • 17 Feb Joe Louis knocks out Gus Dorazio in two rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 19 Feb Nazi police attacks and driven away from Koco Amsterdam (by young Jews)
  • 20 Feb Romania breaks relations with Netherlands.
  • 21 Feb US Senate accepts Omar Bradley's demotion to Brigadier-General.
  • 22 Feb German assault on El Agheila, Libya.
  • 24 Feb 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in The Hague.
  • 25 Feb February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
  • 26 Feb Utrecht and Zaandam strike against raid on Jews.
  • 27 Feb The New Zealand Division cruiser HMS ''Leander'' (1931) sinks Italian armed merchant raider ''Ramb I'' off the Maldives.
  • 28 Feb 39 U-boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
  • 01 Mar 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 02 Mar World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
  • 04 Mar Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler
  • 07 Mar 3rd largest snowfall in NYC history (18.1)
  • 08 Mar 1st baseball player drafted into WWII (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • 10 Mar Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets
  • 11 Mar FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)
  • 12 Mar German occupiers confiscate AVRO studios in the Netherlands
  • 13 Mar A Bougne forms AGRA (Amis du Grand Reich Allemand).
  • 14 Mar Xavier Cugat and Orchestra record Babalu
  • 15 Mar Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151.
  • 16 Mar National Gallery of Art opens in Washington DC
  • 17 Mar In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 19 Mar Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra record Green Eyes andMaria Elena
  • 20 Mar Nazi-German / Yugoslav pact drawn
  • 21 Mar Joe Louis knocks out Abe Simon in 13 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 22 Mar Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State goes into operation.
  • 24 Mar Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
  • 25 Mar Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon SC, incorporated
  • 27 Mar Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • 28 Mar Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy.
  • 29 Mar WPAT radio in New Jersey begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • 30 Mar German counter offensive in North-Africa.
  • 31 Mar Germany begins a counter offensive in Africa
  • 01 Apr Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq.
  • 02 Apr USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco
  • 03 Apr Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion
  • 04 Apr German troops conquer Banghazi.
  • 05 Apr In SF, Castro and Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • 06 Apr Begin oper Bestrafung-Germany bomb attacks Belgrade (17,000 die)
  • 08 Apr Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 09 Apr PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame.
  • 10 Apr In Washington, USA, a treaty is signed with the Danish government for the US to take over protection of Greenland.
  • 11 Apr Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
  • 12 Apr WWII: German troops enter Belgrade.
  • 13 Apr Russian-Japan no-attack treaty goes into effect
  • 14 Apr King Peter leaves Yugoslavia.
  • 15 Apr First helicopter flight of one hour duration, Stratford, Connecticut.
  • 16 Apr Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes.
  • 17 Apr British troop land in Iraq / Yugoslavia; surrender to Nazis
  • 18 Apr WWII: Prime Minister of Greece Alexandros Koryzis commits suicide as German troops approach Athens.
  • 19 Apr 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of Rhode Island in 2:30:38.
  • 20 Apr Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • 21 Apr Greece surrenders to Nazi-Germany
  • 23 Apr Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek King George II to Egypt
  • 24 Apr Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes a British Royal Air Force pilot.
  • 25 Apr Operation Merkur: Hitler orders conquest of Kreta
  • 26 Apr A tradition begins, first organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs).
  • 27 Apr German troops occupy Athens, Greece.
  • 28 Apr Last British troops in Greece surrender.
  • 30 Apr Spread of Judaism begins in Croatia.
  • 01 May General Mills introduces Cheerios cereal.
  • 02 May FCC approves regular scheduled coml TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • 03 May 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4.
  • 05 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night)
  • 06 May At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
  • 07 May Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
  • 08 May German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
  • 09 May English Army breaks German spy codes.
  • 10 May 67th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8.
  • 12 May Great British convoy marches into Alexandria
  • 13 May Martin Bormann is named head of Nazi Party Chancellery in Germany.
  • 14 May 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested.
  • 15 May Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1
  • 16 May Germans made their last major air attack on Britain
  • 18 May An Egyptian steamer sinks
  • 19 May New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
  • 20 May Germany invades Crete
  • 21 May 1st US ship sunk by a U-boat (SS Robin Moore)
  • 22 May British troops attack Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 23 May Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on disqualification in 7 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 24 May Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 die 3 survive
  • 25 May 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India.
  • 26 May Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck
  • 27 May German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
  • 28 May New York Yankees nip Washingston Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
  • 29 May 293 Disney animators, members of the Screen Cartoonists Guild, stage a strike of the Disney Studios in the USA. More than 1000 picketers appear in the first hour.
  • 30 May English Army enters Baghdad, chasing pro-German coup government.
  • 31 May 1st issue of Parade goes on sale
  • 01 Jun British troops occupy Bagdad Iraq
  • 02 Jun World War II: German paratoopers murder Greek civilians in the village of Kondomari.
  • 03 Jun Attack on telephone exchange in Schiphol
  • 04 Jun Rep of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z
  • 05 Jun Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
  • 06 Jun 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched
  • 07 Jun 45th US Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Ft Worth
  • 08 Jun English and French troop overthrow pro-German Syria
  • 09 Jun Ammunition plant at Fort Smederovo in Belgrade explodes; kills 1,500
  • 11 Jun 2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam
  • 13 Jun TASS, the official Soviet news agency, denies reports of tension between Germany and the Soviet Union.
  • 14 Jun Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia
  • 16 Jun First US federally-owned airport opened in Washington DC.
  • 18 Jun Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 19 Jun US President Roosevelt signs Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act
  • 20 Jun German U-203 fails on torpedo attack on US Battleship Texas
  • 21 Jun 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria
  • 22 Jun Estonians starts armed resistance against Soviet occupation
  • 23 Jun Germany occupies Telz Lithuana
  • 24 Jun Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated
  • 25 Jun Fair Employment Practices Commission established
  • 26 Jun Lithuanian fascist massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
  • 27 Jun Bialystok Poland falls to Germany
  • 28 Jun German and Romanian soldiers kill 11,000 Jews in Kishinev
  • 29 Jun Ignace Paderewski, Polish statesman pianist, dies in New York at age 80.
  • 30 Jun 61 U-boats (310,000 ton) sunk this month
  • 01 Jul WCBW (now WCBS) TV channel 2 in NY, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jul Earthquake hits Palestine
  • 03 Jul WWII: Joseph Stalin, in his first address since the German invasion, calls upon the Soviet people to carry out a quotscorched earthquot policy of resistance to the bitter end.
  • 04 Jul Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
  • 05 Jul German occupiers disband political parties
  • 06 Jul New York Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield.
  • 07 Jul Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono Lithuania
  • 08 Jul 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • 10 Jul In Black Moshannon Park, Pennsylvania, USA, a meteorite falls to the ground without causing harm or damage.
  • 11 Jul German troops attack Dnjepr
  • 13 Jul 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills Country Club - Denver
  • 14 Jul 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
  • 15 Jul Florey and Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Pencillin).
  • 16 Jul Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record.
  • 17 Jul WWII: A BBC broadcast by ampquotColonel Brittonampquot calls on the people of occupied Europe to resist the Nazis under the slogan ampquotV for Victoryampquot.
  • 18 Jul SS drowns 40 Jews in Dvina River, Belorussia
  • 19 Jul President Franklin Roosevelt appoints FEP Committee.
  • 20 Jul Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
  • 21 Jul 200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine
  • 23 Jul WWII Italian planes damege the destroyer HMS Fearless (H67) which has to be sunk by the British.
  • 24 Jul FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China
  • 25 Jul FDR bans selling benzine / gasoline to Japan
  • 26 Jul Camp Amersfoort opened by Germany occupiers
  • 27 Jul German army enters Ukraine
  • 30 Jul German occupiers forbid SDAP, VDB, ARP, RKSP, CHU and SGP in the Netherlands
  • 31 Jul U-boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton
  • 01 Aug Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
  • 02 Aug German 11st Army surrounds 20 Russian divisions at Oeman
  • 03 Aug Benzine sales limited in US
  • 04 Aug Dodger Mickey Owens is 1st to catch 3 foul flies in an inning (3rd)
  • 06 Aug Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
  • 07 Aug 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania.
  • 08 Aug 20 divisions of Russian 6th / 12th Army surrender at Oeman
  • 09 Aug Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for 1st talk with FDR
  • 11 Aug FRD and Prime Minister Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter
  • 12 Aug French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany
  • 13 Aug Red army evacuates Smolensk
  • 14 Aug Atlantic Charter signed by FDR and Churchill
  • 15 Aug Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto
  • 16 Aug HMS Mercury, Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
  • 17 Aug German raider attacks Dutch SS Kota Nopan
  • 18 Aug Concentration camp Amersfoort opens
  • 19 Aug Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout
  • 20 Aug Police raid 11th district of Paris, takes 4,000+ Jewish males
  • 22 Aug Nazi troops reach Lenningrad
  • 24 Aug WWII: A Luftwaffe bomb hits an Estonian steamer with 3,500 Soviet-mobilized Estonian men on board, killing 598 of them.
  • 25 Aug English and Russian troops attack pro-German Iran
  • 27 Aug Shah of Iran abdicates throne to his son Reza Pahlawi
  • 28 Aug 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • 29 Aug German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children
  • 30 Aug Siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops began during WWII
  • 31 Aug 23 U-boats sunk this month (80,000 ton)
  • 01 Sep Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 02 Sep Academy copyrights Oscar statuette
  • 03 Sep 1st use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschwitz (on Russian prisoners of war)
  • 04 Sep US destroyer Greer fires on German submarine U-652
  • 06 Sep 55th US Womens Tennis: Sarah H Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (75 62)
  • 07 Sep 61st US Mens Tennis: R L Riggs beats Francis Kovacs (2d 57 61 63 63)
  • 08 Sep Blockade of Leningrad (St Petersburg) by Germany begins
  • 11 Sep Belgium King Leopold secretly marries Lilian Baels
  • 12 Sep 1st German ship in WWII captured by US ship (Busko)
  • 14 Sep The State of Vermont quotdeclares warquot on Germany, by defining the United States to be in quotarmed conflictquot in order to extend a wartime bonus to Vermonters in the service. Boston.com
  • 15 Sep The Estonian Self-Administration, headed by Hjalmar Mäe, is appointed by the German military administration.
  • 16 Sep German armour troops surround Kiev Ukraine
  • 17 Sep World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, is issued
  • 19 Sep 1st meeting of partizans Tito and Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • 21 Sep US launches its 1st Liberty-ship, Patrick Henry
  • 22 Sep British signal officer Bill Hudson lands in Montenegro
  • 23 Sep General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London
  • 24 Sep Bomb explosion in German headquarter in Hotel Continental in Kiev
  • 25 Sep Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years
  • 27 Sep The SS Patrick Henry is launched becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.
  • 28 Sep Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting average
  • 29 Sep Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 30 Sep 53 U-boats sunk this month (202,000 tons)
  • 01 Oct D Sjostakovitch plane evacuated in Moscow
  • 02 Oct 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
  • 03 Oct Adolf Hitler says Russia is broken andwould never rise again
  • 04 Oct Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 05 Oct Mickey Owens drops a third strike, Tom Hendrick reaches first safely, would have been the last out, instead New York Yankees score 4 and win 7-4.
  • 06 Oct German army occupies Briansk, USSR
  • 07 Oct German army occupies Viarma, U.S.S.R.
  • 08 Oct Concentration camp Birkenau begins being built
  • 09 Oct A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
  • 10 Oct German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney
  • 11 Oct 1st NSB-battalion departures to Eastern front
  • 12 Oct Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as Germans close in on Moscow.
  • 14 Oct 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk and Riga
  • 15 Oct 1st mass deportation of German Jews to Eastern Europe
  • 16 Oct Gordo comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
  • 17 Oct 1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WWII, off Iceland
  • 18 Oct Spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • 19 Oct 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • 20 Oct Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia
  • 21 Oct WWII: The Germans rampage in Yugoslavia, killing thousands of civilians.
  • 22 Oct World War II: French resistance member Guy Moquet and 29 other hostages are executed by the Germans in retaliation for the death of a German officer.
  • 23 Oct World War II: Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov takes command of Red Army operations to prevent the further advance into Russia of German forces and to prevent the Wehrmacht from capturing Moscow.
  • 24 Oct Franz von Werra disappears during a flight over the North Sea.
  • 25 Oct 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa Ukraine
  • 26 Oct 2nd meeting partisans Tito and Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • 27 Oct Chicago Daily Tribune editorializes there will not be war with Japan.
  • 29 Oct Holocaust: In the Kaunas Ghetto over 10,000 Jews are shot by German occupiers at the Ninth Fort, a massacre known as the ''Great Action''.
  • 30 Oct USS Reuben James torpedoed by Germans, even though US is not in war
  • 31 Oct Mount Rushmore is completed
  • 01 Nov Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki / Maejima arrive in Pearl Harbor
  • 05 Nov Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki / Maejima leave Pearl Harbor
  • 06 Nov Einsatz group kills 15,000 Jews of Rovno Ukraine
  • 07 Nov British air attack on Berlin, Mannheim and Ruhrgebied
  • 10 Nov In a speech at the Mansion House in London, Winston Churchill promises, quotshould the United States become involved in war with Japan, the British declaration will follow within the hour.quot
  • 12 Nov WOV-AM andWNEW-AM in NYC swaps call letters
  • 13 Nov British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank in Mediterranean
  • 14 Nov Governor-General Wouters of Dutch Antilles refuses Jews refugees
  • 15 Nov Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
  • 16 Nov German troops conquer Kertsh (probably)
  • 18 Nov British troops open attack on Tobruk, North-Africa
  • 19 Nov World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sink each other off the coast of Western Australia, with the loss of 645 Australians and about 77 German seamen.
  • 20 Nov Adm Nomura and Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
  • 22 Nov British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Atlantis
  • 23 Nov German troops conquer Klin, at NW of Moscow
  • 24 Nov Life Certificates issued to some Jews of Vilna, rest exterminated
  • 25 Nov German Jews in the Netherlands declared stateless (lose of nationality)
  • 26 Nov British North African Commandant General Cunningham lay-offs
  • 27 Nov British 13th Army corp reaches Tobruk
  • 28 Nov German troops vacate Rostov
  • 29 Nov 29th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16
  • 30 Nov Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada and Nagano
  • 01 Dec British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
  • 02 Dec Largest roller-skating rink (outside of New York City) opens in Peekskill, New York.
  • 04 Dec The State of Jefferson is declared in Yreka, California, with judge John Childs as a governor.
  • 05 Dec US aircraft carrier Lexington and five heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor.
  • 06 Dec Dutch and British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore.
  • 07 Dec Australian bombers land on Timor / Ambon
  • 08 Dec Destruction Camp Chelmo opens
  • 09 Dec 1st US WWII bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
  • 10 Dec British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore
  • 11 Dec Germany and Italy declare war on US
  • 12 Dec European reservists on Java mobilizes.
  • 13 Dec U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier Ark Royal
  • 14 Dec Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York
  • 15 Dec Gas / electrical use restricted in Holland
  • 16 Dec World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak
  • 17 Dec German submarine U-31 sunk
  • 18 Dec German submarine U-434 sinks
  • 19 Dec German submarine U-574 sinks
  • 20 Dec Japanese troops lands on Mindanao.
  • 21 Dec German submarine U-567 sinks
  • 22 Dec Premier Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC
  • 23 Dec American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
  • 24 Dec (about 0930 hours) US forces on Wake Island surrender to the Japanese.
  • 25 Dec Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • 26 Dec Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of US Congress, warning that the Axis would "stop at nothing".
  • 27 Dec Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony
  • 28 Dec State of siege goes into effect in Bohemia / Moravia
  • 29 Dec Japanese forces begin an attack on Corregidor, Philippines.
  • 30 Dec Nazibezetters oblige artsen member to become of Artsenkamer
  • 31 Dec Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young