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Events of 1941
Date Event
Mar 11, 1941 The George Washington Carver Museum is dedicated at the Tuskegee Institute with the participation of such luminaries as Henry Ford. The museum is now part of the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site.
Mar 11, 1941 The Lend-Lease Act is approved, which provided $7 billion in military credits for American manufactured war supplies to Great Britain and other allies; in the fall, a similar Lend-Lease pact would be approved for the USSR with $1 billion loan.
Jul 07, 1941 The United States occupies Iceland, attempting to thwart a potential invasion by Nazi Germany.
Aug 14, 1941 An eight point declaration of principles called the Atlantic Charter, is issued by President Roosevelt and Great Britain Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Sep 28, 1941 Ted Williams ends the 1941 season with a .400 batting average, the last player to accomplish that feat.
Dec 07, 1941 The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, commences at 7:55 a.m. when Japanese fighter planes launch a surprise attack on United States soil, destroying the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked at the base. This attack, which took the greatest amount of U.S. naval life in history with 1,177 sailor and marines perishing in the attack, as well as the loss or damage to twenty-one naval ships, led to the entry of American troops into World War II. One day later, the United States of America declares war on Japan, officially entering World War II. On December 11, 1941, the United States declares war on Germany and Italy, responding to their declaration of war against America. Photo above right: The USS Arizona on fire after the surprise attack by Japanese warplanes on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
, 1941 Germany attacks the Balkans and Russia.
, 1941 Manhattan Project (atomic bomb research) begins.
, 1941 Roosevelt enunciates “four freedoms"
, 1941 Orson Welles's Citizen Kane

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