1941 events in history

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: First flight of the Avro Lancaster
Jan 9 World War II: The Greek Triton (Y-5) sinks the Italian submarine Neghelli in Otranto
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
Jan 20 A German officer is murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers
Jan 21 Sparked by the murder of a German officer in Bucharest, Romania, the day before, members of the Iron Guard engaged in a rebellion and pogrom killing 125 Jews
Jan 22 World War II: British and Commonwealth troops capture Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass
Jan 23 Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler
Jan 25 Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
Jan 28 Franco-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. A Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day
Jan 29 Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece upon the sudden death of his predecessor, dictator Ioannis Metaxas
Feb 4 The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops
Feb 5 World War II: Allied forces begin the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea
Feb 23 Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg
Feb 25 February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis
Mar 1 W47NV (now known as WSM-FM) begins operations in Nashville, Tennessee becoming the first FM radio station in the U.S
Mar 1 World War II: Bulgaria signs the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers
Mar 2 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joins the Axis Pact
Mar 4 World War II: The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands; the first large scale British Commando raid
Mar 11 World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan
Mar 15 Philippine Airlines, the flag carrier of the Philippines takes its first flight between Manila (from Nielson Field) to Baguio City with a Beechcraft Model 18 making the airline the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name
Mar 17 In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mar 19 World War II: The 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the US Army Air Corps, is activated
Mar 25 The Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers with the signing of the Tripartite Pact
Mar 27 World War II: Yugoslavian Air Force officers topple the pro-Axis government in a bloodless coup
Mar 28 World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan – in the Mediterranean Sea, British Admiral Andrew Browne Cunningham leads the Royal Navy in the destruction of three major Italian heavy cruisers and two destroyers
Mar 29 The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time
Mar 29 World War II: British Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy forces defeat those of the Italian Regia Marina off the Peloponnesian coast of Greece in the Battle of Cape Matapan
Apr 1 A military coup in Iraq overthrows the regime of 'Abd al-Ilah and installs Rashid Ali as Prime Minister
Apr 1 Fântâna Albă massacre: between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians are killed by Soviet Border Guards
Apr 1 The Blockade Runner Badge for the German navy is instituted
Apr 6 World War II: Nazi Germany launches Operation 25 (the invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (the invasion of Greece)
Apr 10 World War II: The Axis powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Pavelić's Ustaše fascist insurgents in power
Apr 13 A Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed
Apr 14 World War II: German general Erwin Rommel attacks Tobruk
Apr 15 In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people
Apr 16 Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1–0
Apr 16 World War II: The Ustaše, a Croatian far-right organization is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia by the Axis Powers after the Axis Operation 25 invasion
Apr 16 World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships
Apr 17 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany
Apr 21 Emmanouil Tsouderos becomes the 132nd Prime Minister of Greece
Apr 23 World War II: The Greek government and King George II evacuate Athens before the invading Wehrmacht
Apr 27 World War II: The Communist Party of Slovenia, the Slovene Christian Socialists, the left-wing Slovene Sokols (also known as "National Democrats") and a group of progressive intellectuals establish the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People
Apr 27 World War II: German troops enter Athens
May 1 World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk
May 2 Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power
May 5 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day