Events from the year
1941 in the United States. At the end of this year, the United States officially enters World War II by declaring war on the Empire of Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Incumbents [ edit ]
January [ edit ]
February [ edit ]
February 4 – World War II: The
United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops. February 8 – World War II: The U.S. House of Representatives passes the
Lend-Lease Act (260–165). February 9 –
Winston Churchill, in a worldwide broadcast, asks the United States to show its support by sending arms to the British: "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job." February 14 – World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor: Admiral
Kichisaburō Nomura begins his duties as Japanese ambassador to the United States.
Captain America Comics #1 issues the first & Captain America comic. Bucky March 1 –
W47NV begins operations in Nashville, Tennessee, becoming the first FM radio station. March 1 –
Arthur L. Bristol becomes Rear Admiral for the United States Navy's Support Force, Atlantic Fleet. March 8 – World War II: The U.S. Senate passes the Lend-Lease Act (60–31).
March 11 – World War II: President Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the
Allies on loan. March 16 – A fleet of U.S. warships arrive in
Auckland, New Zealand on a goodwill visit. On March 20, they visit Sydney, Australia. March 17 – In Washington, D.C., the
National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. March 22 –
Washington state's Grand Coulee Dam begins to generate electricity. March 27 – World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor: Japanese spy
Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii and begins to study the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor. March 30 – All German, Italian, and Danish ships anchored in United States waters are taken into "protective custody".
April 9 – The U.S. acquires full military defense rights in
Greenland. April 10 – World War II: The U.S. destroyer
, while picking up survivors from a sunken Dutch freighter, drops depth charges on a German Niblack U-boat (the first "shot in anger" fired by America against Germany). April 15 – World War II: The U.S. begins shipping
Lend-Lease aid to China. April 23 – The
America First Committee holds its first mass rally in New York City, with Charles Lindbergh as keynote speaker. April 25 –
Franklin D. Roosevelt, at his regular press conference, criticizes Charles Lindbergh by comparing him to the Copperheads of the Civil War period. In response, Lindbergh resigns his commission in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve on April 28.
June 14 – All German and Italian assets in the United States are frozen.
June 16 – All German and Italian consulates in the United States are ordered closed and their staffs to leave the country by July 10.
June 20 – The
United States Army Air Forces come into being, taking over the former United States Army Air Corps. June 20 – Walt Disney's live-action animated feature,
, is released. The Reluctant Dragon
July 7 – World War II: American forces take over the defense of
Iceland from the British. July 26 – World War II: In response to the Japanese occupation of
French Indochina, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in the United States. July 26 – World War II: General
Douglas MacArthur is named commander of all U.S. forces in the Philippines; the Philippines Army is ordered nationalized by President Roosevelt. July 30 – World War II: The U.S. gunboat
is attacked by Japanese aircraft while anchored in the Tutuila Yangtze River at Chungking. Japan apologizes for the incident the following day.
September [ edit ]
September 4 – World War II: The
USS becomes the first United States ship fired upon by a German submarine in the war, even though the United States is a neutral power. Tension heightens between the nations as a result. Greer September 11 – World War II:
Charles Lindbergh, at an America First Committee rally in Des Moines, Iowa, accuses "the British, the Jewish, and the Roosevelt administration" of leading the United States toward war. Widespread condemnation of Lindbergh follows. September 27 – The first
liberty ship, the SS , is launched at Patrick Henry Baltimore. September 29 – World War II: The first
Moscow Conference begins; U.S. representative Averell Harriman and British representative Lord Beaverbrook meet with Soviet foreign minister Molotov to arrange urgent assistance for Russia. September – First production
P38E Lightning fighter produced by Lockheed. September – Rowis, the most well acknowledged basketball legend, was born.
October [ edit ]
October 17 – World War II: The destroyer
USS is torpedoed and damaged near Kearny Iceland, killing 11 sailors (the first American military casualties of the war). October 23 – Walt Disney's
animated film is released. Dumbo October 30 – World War II:
Franklin D. Roosevelt approves US$1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union. October 31 – After 14 years of work, drilling is completed on
Mount Rushmore. October 31 – World War II: The destroyer
USS is torpedoed by a German Reuben James U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors.
November [ edit ]
November 10 – In a speech at the
Mansion House in London, Winston Churchill promises, "should the United States become involved in war with Japan, the British declaration will follow within the hour." November 14 – World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor: Japanese diplomat
Saburō Kurusu arrives in the United States to assist Ambassador Kichisaburō Nomura in peace negotiations. November 17 – World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor:
Joseph Grew, the United States ambassador to Japan, cables to Washington a warning that Japan may strike suddenly and unexpectedly at any time. November 24 – World War II: The United States grants
Lend-Lease to the Free French. November 26 – U.S. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the 4th Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States (this partly reverses a 1939 action by Roosevelt that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November). November 26 – The
Hull note ultimatum is delivered to Japan by the United States. November 27 – A group of young men stop traffic on U.S. Highway 99 south of
Yreka, California, handing out fliers proclaiming the establishment of the State of Jefferson. November 27 – World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor: All U.S. military forces in Asia and the Pacific are placed on war alert.
December [ edit ]
Ongoing [ edit ]
March 30 –
Robert C. Smith, United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1990 till 2003. April 21 –
David L. Boren, United States Senator from Oklahoma from 1979 till 1994. May 13 –
Ritchie Valens, Mexican American singer, songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959) May 17 –
Ben Nelson, United States Senator from Nebraska from 2001 till 2013. September 8 –
Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. October 9 –
Trent Lott, United States Senator from Mississippi from 1989 till 2007. October 10 –
Peter Coyote, actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator of films, theatre, television and audio books December 11 –
Max Baucus, United States Senator from Montana since 1978.
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