1941 in history

1941 events chronologically

Jan 2 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Jan 6 United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address
Jan 9 World War II: The Greek Triton (Y-5) sinks the Italian submarine Neghelli in Otranto
Jan 9 World War II: First flight of the Avro Lancaster
Jan 10 World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura
Jan 17 Franco-Thai War: French forces inflict a decisive defeat over the Royal Thai Navy
Jan 18 World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa

Top 7 most famous people born in 1941

Jan 5 Hayao Miyazaki a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter. Through a career that has spanned six decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park, and American director Steven Spielberg. He is considered one of the most popular and influential animators in cinema
Jan 30 Dick Cheney an American politician and businessman who was the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, under President George Bush.
Feb 16 Kim Jong-il the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011. He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung, following the elder Kim's death in 1994. Kim Jong-il was the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea , Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth-largest standing army in the world
Mar 26 Richard Dawkins an ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008
May 24 Bob Dylan an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he was both a chronicler and a reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians, reached the top end of the United States music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement
Aug 20 Slobodan Milošević a Serbian and Yugoslav politician who was the President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. Among his supporters, Milošević was known by the nickname of "Slobo". He also led the Socialist Party of Serbia from its foundation in 1990. He rose to power as Serbian President after he and his supporters claimed need to reform the 1974 Constitution of Yugoslavia due to alleged marginalization of Serbia and political incapacity for Serbia to deter Albanian separatist unrest in the province of Kosovo due to the high level of autonomy granted to the government in Kosovo that was claimed to have separatist sympathies and tolerating Albanian nationalists persecuting Serbs in Kosovo
Dec 31 Alex Ferguson a Scottish former football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson being regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game

Top 7 most famous people died in 1941

Jan 4 Henri Bergson a major French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century. Bergson convinced many thinkers that the processes of immediate experience and intuition are more significant than abstract rationalism and science for understanding reality
Jan 8 Robert Baden-Powell 1st Baron Baden-Powell a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association.
Jan 11 Emanuel Lasker a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher who was World Chess Champion for 27 years. In his prime Lasker was one of the most dominant champions, and he is still generally regarded as one of the strongest players ever
Jan 13 James Joyce an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.
Mar 28 Virginia Woolf an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.
Jun 4 Wilhelm II German Emperor the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. He was the eldest grandson of the British Queen Victoria and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe
Aug 7 Rabindranath Tagore a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent, being highly commemorated in India and Bangladesh, as well as in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan