1941 in the United States

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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]

Federal Government[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the President of the United States, began his third term on January 20

February[edit]

March[edit]

March 11: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act

April[edit]

  • April 9 – The U.S. acquires full military defense rights in Greenland.
  • April 10 – World War II: The U.S. destroyer Niblack, while picking up survivors from a sunken Dutch freighter, drops depth charges on a German 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.

May[edit]

May 1: President Roosevelt buys the first War Bond

June[edit]

  • 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

July[edit]

August[edit]

August 14: The Atlantic Charter issued

September[edit]

American Design exhibit 1941, Chicago, poster by WPA Art Project

October[edit]

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).
    • 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.
    • World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor: All U.S. military forces in Asia and the Pacific are placed on war alert.

December[edit]

December 8: Infamy Speech and declaration war on Japan

Ongoing[edit]

Undated[edit]

  • The Centenary College Choir (America’s Singing Ambassadors) is formed by Dr. A. C. Voran at Centenary College of Louisiana.
  • This calendar year is the wettest on record in Utah with 20.33 inches (516.4 mm),[1] Colorado with 25.52 inches (648.2 mm)[2] and New Mexico with 26.57 inches (674.9 mm) against a mean of only 13.74 inches or 349.0 millimetres.[3]
  • In contrast to the wetness in the West, it is the driest calendar year in Tennessee with only 36.44 inches (925.6 mm) versus a mean of 50.97 inches or 1,294.6 millimetres[4] and New Hampshire with 32.65 inches (829.3 mm) against a mean of 42.74 inches or 1,085.6 millimetres.[5]

Births[edit]

January to August[edit]

September to December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Utah Precipitation: January to December
  2. ^ National Oceanic and atmospheric Administration; Colorado Precipitation: January to December
  3. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; New Mexico Precipitation: January to December
  4. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Tennessee Precipitation: January to December
  5. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; New Hampshire Precipitation: January to December