News and Events of 1941

World Events

  • Germany attacks the Balkans and Russia.

  • Japanese surprise attack on U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor brings U.S. into World War II; U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan.

  • The first U.S. Lend-Lease shipment of food sent to Britain.

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Franklin D Roosevelt
Vice President: Henry A. Wallace
Population: 133,402,471

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  • Roosevelt enunciates "four freedoms" in his Jan. 6 message to Congress.

  • Congress passes the Lend-Lease Act, giving President the power to sell, lend, and lease war supplies to other nations.


Federal spending:   $13.65 billion
Federal debt:   $57.5 billion
Consumer Price Index:   14.7
Unemployment:   9.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.03


World Series
NY Yankees d. Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1)
Stanley Cup
Boston d. Detroit (4-0)
Women: Not held (World War II)
Men: Not held (World War II)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Wisconsin d. Washington St. (39-34)
NCAA Football Champions
Minnesota (8-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Drama: There Shall Be No Night, Robert E. Sherwood

Oscars awarded in 1941
Academy Award, Best Picture: Rebecca (Selznick International Pictures, United Artists)

Miss America: Rosemary LaPlanche (CA)

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  • In Citizen Kane, Orson Welles subordinates all previous technological and cinematic accomplishments to his own essentially cinematic vision. Using newly developed film stocks and a wider, faster lens, Welles pushes the boundaries of montage and mise-en-scène, as well as sound, redefining the medium.
  • Actress Greta Garbo retires at age 36.
  • Edward Hopper completes the painting Nighthawks.


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: None awarded

Physics: None awarded

Physiology or Medicine: None awarded

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