Historical Events For Year 1941

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January 5, 1941

Italian troops are defeated by Australia and Britain at the Battle of Bardia in Libya, the first battle in World War II in which the Australian Army participates.
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January 13, 1941

Puerto Ricans are born as United States citizens from this day forward according to federal law.
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January 23, 1941

The United States Congress is urged to negotiate a neutrality pact between the United States and Adolf Hitler by Aviator Charles Lindbergh.
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January 27, 1941

Rumor of a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is overheard at a diplomatic meeting and relayed to the United States by the U.S. ambassador to Japan Joseph Grew.
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February 5, 1941

The formation of the Air Training Corps occurs in the United Kingdom. Read More

February 9, 1941

A worldwide broadcast is made by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressing the United States asking for them to show support by sending arms to Britain.
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March 1, 1941

The Axis powers are joined by Bulgaria through the signing of the Tripartite Pact. Read More

March 11, 1941

The Lend-Lease Act is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt which will allow the United States to administer Lend-Lease aid to the Allies.
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March 17, 1941

President Franklin D. Roosevelt open the National Gallery of Art to the public in Washington D.C.
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May 1, 1941

General Mills introduces the cereal CheeriOats, what today is known as Cheerios. Read More

May 1, 1941

The film Citizen Kane by Orson Welles is released in New York City. Read More

May 15, 1941

The start of the 56-game hitting streak by New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio begins in a game against the Chicago White Sox.
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May 20, 1941

A German airborne invasion of Crete initiates the Battle of Crete. Read More

May 27, 1941

An "unlimited national emergency" is declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in regards to World War II.
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June 14, 1941

The freezing of all German and Italian assets that are within the United States takes place.
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June 20, 1941

The Army Air Forces is formed through the altercation of the United States Army Air Corps.
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July 17, 1941

The 56-game hitting streak by Joe DiMaggio comes to an end. Read More

August, 1941

The establishment of the Political Warfare Executive occurs in the United Kingdom. Read More

August 18, 1941

The euthanization of the mentally ill and handicap is temporarily suspended by Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany as a result of the many protests against it.
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September 6, 1941

All Jews aged 6 and above who occupy German residential areas are required to wear the Star of David at all times with the word "Jew" engraved in it.
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October 30, 1941

$1 billion is approved in Lend-Lease aid from the United States to the Soviet Union by President Roosevelt.
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December 7, 1941

The United States is forced into World War II with the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy's aircrafts.
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December 19, 1941

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army is announced as Adolf Hitler. Read More