News and Events of 1941
- 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.
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.
$13.65 billionFederal debt:
$57.5 billionConsumer Price Index:
9.9%Cost of a first-class stamp:
NY Yankees d. Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1)
Boston d. Detroit (4-0)
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
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)More Entertainment Awards...
- 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.