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.


Federal Government[edit]



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



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


  • 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 1: President Roosevelt buys the first War Bond


  • June 14 – All German and Italian assets in the United States are frozen.
  • June 31 – All German and Italian consulates in the United States are ordered closed and their staffs to leave the country by July 10.
  • June 20



August 14: The Atlantic Charter issued


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



  • November 10 – In a speech at the Mansion House, London, Winston Churchill promises, "should the United States become involved in war with Japan, the British declaration will follow within the hour."
  • November 14
  • November 17 – World War II – Attack on Pearl Harbor: Joseph Grew, the United States ambassador to Japan, cables to Washington, D.C., 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 8: Infamy Speech and declaration war on Japan



  • 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),[2] Colorado with 25.52 inches (648.2 mm)[3] and New Mexico with 26.57 inches (674.9 mm) against a mean of only 13.74 inches or 349.0 millimetres.[4]
  • 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[5] and New Hampshire with 32.65 inches (829.3 mm) against a mean of 42.74 inches or 1,085.6 millimetres.[6]


Baseball fans across the nation witnessed not one, but two of the most amazing individual efforts and achievements the game has ever known. The two measures recorded during the 1941 campaign both stand to this day and are regarded by practically all, even the most casual of fans, to be unattainable in the game today. 1941 saw the great Joltin' Joe DiMaggio step up to the plate in 56 consecutive baseball games and hit safely to break a record that had withstood the test of time since 1897 when Wee Willie Keeler totaled 45 consecutive games hitting safely over the course of the 1896 and 97 seasons. The Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams, also treated baseball fans to a feat that has also barely been threatened since by having a season for the ages. During the 1941 Teddy Ballgame managed to record a batting average over .400 by finishing the season with an unparalleled .406 batting average. Although his average for the season is not the single season record for baseball, no player has hit .400 or better since.


January to August[edit]

September to December[edit]


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  1. ^ "The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation". Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  2. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Utah Precipitation: January to December
  3. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Colorado Precipitation: January to December
  4. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; New Mexico Precipitation: January to December
  5. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Tennessee Precipitation: January to December
  6. ^ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; New Hampshire Precipitation: January to December
  7. ^ "The Gosnell case: Here's what you need to know".