|1941 by topic|
|Lists of leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Ab urbe condita||2694|
|Balinese saka calendar||1862–1863|
|British Regnal year||5 Geo. 6 – 6 Geo. 6|
|Chinese calendar||庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)|
4638 or 4431
— to —
辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
4639 or 4432
|- Vikram Samvat||1997–1998|
|- Shaka Samvat||1862–1863|
|- Kali Yuga||5041–5042|
|Japanese calendar||Shōwa 16|
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 30|
|Thai solar calendar||2484|
2067 or 1686 or 914
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2068 or 1687 or 915
1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1941st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 941st year of the 2nd millennium, the 41st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1940s decade.
The Correlates of War project estimates this to be the deadliest year in human history in these terms of conflict deaths, placing the death toll at 3.49 million. However, the Uppsala Conflict Data Program estimates that the subsequent year, 1942, was the deadliest such year. Death toll estimates for both 1941 and 1942 range from 2.28 to 7.71 million each.
Below, the events of World War II have the "WWII" prefix.
- January–August – 10,072 men, women and children with mental and physical disabilities are asphyxiated with carbon monoxide in a gas chamber, at Hadamar Euthanasia Centre in Germany, in the first phase of mass killings under the Action T4 program here.
- January 1 – Thailand's Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram decrees January 1 as the official start of the Thai solar calendar new year (thus the previous year that began April 1 had only 9 months).
- January 3 – A decree (Normalschrifterlass) promulgated in Germany by Martin Bormann, on behalf of Adolf Hitler, requires replacement of blackletter typefaces by Antiqua.
- January 4 – The short subject Elmer's Pet Rabbit is released, marking the second appearance of Bugs Bunny, and also the first to have his name on a title card.
- January 5 – WWII: Battle of Bardia in Libya: Australian and British troops defeat Italian forces, the first battle of the war in which an Australian Army formation takes part.
- January 6
- January 10 – The Lend-Lease Act is introduced into the United States Congress.
- January 11 – WWII: The British Royal Navy light cruiser HMS Southampton (83) is bombed, catches fire and has to be sunk off Malta, with the loss of 81 crew.
- January 13 – All persons born in Puerto Rico since this day are declared U.S. citizens by birth, through U.S. federal law.
- January 14
- WWII: Commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin captures the Norwegian whaling fleet near Bouvet Island, effectively ending Southern Ocean whaling for the duration of the war.
- In a BBC radio broadcast from London, Victor de Laveleye asks all Belgians to use the letter "V" as a rallying sign, being the first letter of victoire (victory) in French and of vrijheid (freedom) in Dutch. This is the beginning of the "V campaign" which sees "V" graffities on the walls of Belgium and later all of Europe and introduces the use of the "V sign" for victory and freedom. Winston Churchill adopts the sign soon afterwards, though he sometimes gets it the wrong way around and uses the common insult gesture.
- January 15 – John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry describe the workings of the Atanasoff–Berry computer in print.
- January 19 – WWII: British troops attack Italian-held Eritrea in Africa.
- January 20 – Franklin D. Roosevelt is sworn in for a third term as President of the United States.
- January 22
- January 23 – Aviator Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress, and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
- January 27 – WWII: Joseph Grew, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, reports to Washington a rumor overheard at a diplomatic reception, concerning a planned surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
- January 28 – Subhas Chandra Bose, the chief of the separatist Indian National Army, reaches Kabul, Afghanistan by successfully evading the British authorities in British India.
- January 30 – WWII: Australians capture Derna, Libya, from the Italians.
- February 3 – WWII: The Nazis forcibly restore Pierre Laval to the office of Prime Minister in occupied Vichy France.
- February 4 – WWII: The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.
- February 5 – The Air Training Corps is formed in the United Kingdom.
- February 5–April 1 – WWII: Battle of Keren – British and Free French Forces fight hard to capture the strategic town of Keren in Italian Eritrea.
- February 6 – WWII: Benghazi falls to the Western Desert Force. Lieutenant-General Erwin Rommel is appointed commander of Afrika Korps.
- February 8 – WWII: The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Lend-Lease Act.
- February 9 – Winston Churchill, in a worldwide broadcast, tells the United States to show its support by sending arms to the British: "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."
- February 12
- WWII: Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli.
- Reserve Constable Albert Alexander, a patient at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England, becomes the first person treated with penicillin intravenously, by Howard Florey's team. He reacts positively, but there is insufficient supply of the drug to reverse his terminal infection. A successful treatment is achieved during May.
- February 13 – Aircraft from British carrier HMS Formidable attack Massawa in Eritrea.
- February 14 – WWII: Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura begins his duties as Japanese Ambassador to the United States.
- February 19–22 – WWII: Three Nights' Blitz over Swansea, South Wales: Over these 3 nights of intensive bombing, which lasts a total of 13 hours and 48 minutes, Swansea's town centre is almost completely obliterated by the 896 high explosive bombs employed by the Luftwaffe; 397 casualties and 230 deaths are reported.
- February 22 – WWII: British cruiser HMS Shropshire bombards Barawa, on the coast between Kismayo and Mogadishu.
- February 23 – Glenn T. Seaborg and associates isolate and discover plutonium, at the University of California, Berkeley.
- February 25 – WWII:
- February 27 – WWII: The New Zealand Division cruiser HMS Leander (1931) sinks Italian armed merchant raider Ramb I off the Maldives.
- March 1
- March 4 – WWII: Operation Claymore – British Commandos carry out a successful raid on the Lofoten Islands, off the north coast of Norway.
- March 8 – WWII: The U.S. Senate passes the Lend-Lease Act.
- March 11 – WWII: Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, providing for the U.S. to provide Lend-Lease aid to the Allies.
- March 15 – Richard C. Hottelet is arrested by the Gestapo on "suspicion of espionage", but eventually released in July as part of a prisoner exchange with the U.S.
- March 16 – A group of U.S. warships arrive in Auckland, New Zealand, on a goodwill visit. On March 20, they arrive in Sydney, Australia.
- March 17
- March 22 – Washington state's Grand Coulee Dam begins to generate electricity.
- March 24 – WWII: Rommel launches his first offensive in Cyrenaica.
- March 25 – WWII: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers in Vienna.
- March 27 – WWII:
- Battle of Cape Matapan: Off the Peloponnese coast in the Mediterranean, British naval forces defeat those of Italy, sinking 5 warships (the battle ends on March 29).
- Yugoslav coup d'état: An anti-Axis coup d'état in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia led by General Dušan Simović, Brigadier General Borivoje Mirković, Colonels Dragutin Savić and Stjepan Burazović, Colonel General Miodrag Lazić, Milorad Petrović and many other general officers (with British support) forces Prince Paul into exile; 17-year-old King Peter II assumes power following the coup and Simović is elected new Prime Minister of Yugoslavia.
- Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Honolulu to study the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, in preparation for a future attack.
- March 30 – WWII:
- April – The Valley of Geysers is discovered on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, by Tatyana Ustinova.
- April 1 – A military coup d'état, launched by Rashid Ali Al-Gaylani, overthrows the pro-British regime in Iraq.
- April 4 – WWII: Axis forces capture Benghazi.
- April 6 – WWII: Germany, Italy and Hungary invade Yugoslavia and the Battle of Greece begins.
- April 9 – The U.S. acquires full military defense rights in Greenland.
- April 10 – WWII:
- U.S. destroyer USS Niblack, while picking up survivors from a sunken Dutch freighter, drops depth charges on a German U-boat (the first "shot in anger" fired by America against Germany).
- The Independent State of Croatia, a puppet state of the Axis powers, is established with Ustashe leader Ante Pavelić as head (Poglavnik) of the government.
- April 12 – WWII: German troops enter Belgrade.
- April 13 – The Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact is signed.
- April 15 – WWII: Axis forces reach Halfaya Pass, on the Libyan-Egyptian frontier.
- April 18 – WWII:
- April 19 – Bertolt Brecht's anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children (German: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder) receives its first theatrical production, at the Schauspielhaus Zürich.
- April 21 – WWII: Greece capitulates to Germany. Commonwealth troops and some elements of the Greek Army withdraw to Crete.
- April 23 – The America First Committee holds its first mass rally in New York City, with Charles Lindbergh as keynote speaker.
- April 25 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, at his regular press conference, criticizes Charles Lindbergh by comparing him to the Copperheads of the Civil War period. In response, Lindbergh resigns his commission in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve on April 28.
- April 27 – WWII: German troops enter Athens.
- April 28 – World War II persecution of Serbs: Gudovac massacre – Members of the Croatian nationalist Ustashe movement kill around 190 Bjelovar Serbs in the village of Gudovac, in the Independent State of Croatia.
- May 1
- The breakfast cereal Cheerios is introduced as CheeriOats by General Mills in the United States.
- Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane premieres in New York City.
- The first Defense Bonds and Defense Savings Stamps go on sale in the United States, to help fund the greatly increased production of military equipment.
- May 2 – WWII: Anglo-Iraqi War: British combat operations against the rebel government of Rashid Ali in the Kingdom of Iraq begin.
- May 5 – WWII: Emperor Haile Selassie enters Addis Ababa, which has been liberated from Italian forces; this date is subsequently commemorated as Liberation Day in Ethiopia.
- May 6 – At California's March Field, entertainer Bob Hope performs his first USO Show.
- May 8 – WWII: The German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin is sunk by British cruiser HMS Cornwall (56) in the Indian Ocean; 555 are killed.
- May 9 – WWII: German submarine U-110 is captured by the British Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine, which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
- May 10
- May 11/May 12 – WWII: The Ustaše massacre 260–373 Serb men in a Catholic church in Glina, Croatia, where the men have assembled to be received into the Catholic faith in exchange for their lives.
- May 12 – Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
- May 13 – WWII: Yugoslav General Draža Mihailović and a group of 80 soldiers and officers cross the Drina river in Bosnia and Herzegovina, arrive at Ravna Gora, in western Nazi-occupied Serbia and start fighting with German occupation troops.
- May 15
- May 19 – The Viet Minh is formed at Pác Bó in Vietnam, to overthrow French rule of the nation, as an alliance between the Indochina Communist party, led by Ho Chi Minh, and the Nationalist party. It will become the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
- May 20 – WWII: The Battle of Crete begins, as Germany launches an airborne invasion of Crete, the first mainly airborne invasion in military history.
- May 21 – German submarine U-69 sinks the U.S.-flagged SS Robin Moor off the west African coast, having allowed the passengers and crew to disembark.
- May 24 – WWII:
- May 26 – WWII: In the North Atlantic, Fairey Swordfish aircraft from the carrier HMS Ark Royal cripple the steering of German battleship Bismarck in an aerial torpedo attack.
- May 27
- May 29 – The Disney animators' strike begins, due to lack of recognition by Walt Disney of his animators' inequities of pay and privileges.
- May 30 – WWII: Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas tear down the Nazi swastika on the Acropolis in Athens and replace it with the Greek flag.
- May 31 – Anglo-Iraqi War: British troops complete the re-occupation of the Kingdom of Iraq, returning Prince 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.
- June 1 – WWII: The Battle of Crete ends, as Crete surrenders to invading German forces.
- June 4 – Guidelines for the Conduct of the Troops in Russia are issued by Nazi high-command through OKW. This order (a lesser known precursor to the Commisar Order) explicitly commands that Jews (in addition to Bolshevik partisans and Commisars) be killed. In a sense, this order – in combination with the Commissar Order about to be delivered, and Goring's instruction to Heydrich to look into logistics later in the month, that is mentioned at the beginning of the Wannsee Conference of the following year – inaugurates the European Holocaust of the Jews.
- June 5
- June 6 – WWII: The Commissar Order is issued by Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, requiring all Soviet political commissars identified in Operation Barbarossa among captured forces to receive summary execution.
- June 8 – WWII: British and Free French forces invade Syria.
- June 13 – TASS, the official Soviet news agency, denies reports of tension between Germany and the Soviet Union.
- June 14
- June 16
- June 18 – The German–Turkish Treaty of Friendship is signed between Nazi Germany and Turkey, in Ankara.
- June 20
- June 22
- WWII: Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany (with allies) invades the Soviet Union and declares war on it. Winston Churchill promises all possible British assistance to the Soviet Union in a worldwide broadcast: "Any man or state who fights against Nazidom will have our aid. Any man or state who marches with Hitler is our foe." Italy and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union.
- WWII: The First Sisak Partisan Brigade, the first anti-fascist armed unit in occupied Europe, is founded by Yugoslav partisans near Sisak, Croatia.
- June Uprising in Lithuania: A Provisional Government of Lithuania is established by the Lithuanian Activist Front, in an attempt to liberate Lithuania from Soviet occupation.
- Rapid escalation of the Holocaust in Lithuania: Between now and the end of the year, an estimated 190,000-195,000 out of 210,000 Lithuanian Jews will be massacred, killing an estimated 95% of the nation's Jewish population.
- Rapid Vienna beats Schalke 04, in the final of the German Fottballchampionship, after 0:3 with 4:3.
- June 23 – WWII: Hungary and Slovakia declare war on the Soviet Union.
- June 24
- June 25 – WWII: Finland (as a co-belligerent with Germany) attacks the Soviet Union, starting the Continuation War.
- June 28 – WWII: Albania declares war on the Soviet Union.
- June 28–30 – The Holocaust: The Iași pogrom takes place, killing "at least 13,266" Romanian Jews.
- June 29 – WWII: Hitler's second-in-command, Reichsmarshall Hermann Göring, is appointed as Hitler's successor in a written decree. The decree will come into effect, should Hitler die in the middle of the war. (The decree becomes void in April 1945, after Göring tries to assume power while Hitler is still alive, leading to Göring's expulsion from the Nazi Party.)
- July – The British Army's Special Air Service is formed.
- July 1
- Commercial television is authorized by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States.
- NBC Television begins commercial operation on WNBT, on Channel 1. The world's first legal TV commercial, for Bulova watches, occurs at 2:29 PM over WNBT, before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-second spot displays a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over "America runs on Bulova time." As a one-off special, the first quiz show called "Uncle Bee" is telecast on WNBT's inaugural broadcast day, followed later the same day by Ralph Edwards hosting the second game show broadcast on U.S. television, Truth or Consequences, as simulcast on radio and TV and sponsored by Ivory Soap. Weekly broadcasts of the show commence in 1956, with Bob Barker.
- CBS Television begins commercial operation on New York station WCBW (modern-day WCBS-TV), on Channel 2.
- Commercial television is authorized by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States.
- July 2 – WWII: The Empire of Japan calls up 1 million men for military service.
- July 3 – WWII: Joseph Stalin, in his first address since the German invasion, calls upon the Soviet people to carry out a "scorched earth" policy of resistance to the bitter end.
- July 4 – Massacre of Lviv professors: Polish scientists and writers are murdered by Nazi German troops in the occupied Polish city of Lwów.
- July 5 – WWII:
- July 5–31: Ecuadorian–Peruvian War is fought.
- July 7
- July 10 – The Holocaust: Jedwabne pogrom: Local ethnic Poles massacre at least 340 Jewish residents of Jedwabne, in occupied Poland. The Jewish residents are locked in a barn and the barn set on fire
- July 11 – The Northern Rhodesian Labour Party holds its first congress in Nkana.
- July 13
- WWII: An uprising in Montenegro against the Axis powers starts, the second popular uprising in Europe (the first being the "February strike" of February 25 (above) in the Netherlands).
- Clemens August Graf von Galen, Catholic Bishop of Münster in Germany, preaches the first of 3 sermons against Nazi brutality.
- July 14 – WWII: Vichy France signs armistice terms ending all fighting in Syria and Lebanon.
- July 17 – Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends.
- July 19
- WWII: A BBC broadcast by "Colonel Britton" (Douglas Ritchie) calls on the people of occupied Europe to resist the Nazis, under the slogan "V for Victory".
- The Tom and Jerry cartoon short The Midnight Snack is released; it is the second appearance for the duo, and the first in which they are officially named.
- July 23 – WWII: Italian aircraft damage the British destroyer HMS Fearless which has to be sunk.
- July 25 – Postal codes in Germany are introduced.
- July 26 – WWII:
- In response to the Japanese occupation of French Indochina, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in the United States.
- General Douglas MacArthur is named commander of all U.S. forces in the Philippines; the Philippines Army is ordered nationalized by President Roosevelt.
- July 29 – The Vichy Regime signs the Protocol Concerning Joint Defense and Joint Military Cooperation with the Empire of Japan, giving the Japanese a total of 8 airfields, allowing them greater troop presence, and the use of the Indochinese financial system, in return for continued French autonomy.
- July 30 – WWII: Glina massacre of July–August 1941 – The Ustaše brutally kill 200 Serbs inside a Serbian Orthodox church in Glina, Croatia, with a total of 700–1,200 being killed in the area of the next few days.
- July 31 – WWII: The Holocaust: Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Nazi official Hermann Göring orders S.S. General Reinhard Heydrich to "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired Final Solution of the Jewish question."
- August – The Political Warfare Executive is formed in the United Kingdom to disseminate propaganda to Germany and its occupied countries.
- August 1 – The Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep is first produced.
- August 5 – The Provisional Government of Lithuania is dissolved.
- August 6 – Six-year-old Elaine Esposito goes to have an appendix operation in Florida and lapses into a coma, dying 37 years later, still comatose.
- August 7 – WWII: British submarine HMS Severn sinks an Italian Marconi-class submarine.
- August 9 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet on board ship at Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland. The Atlantic Charter (released August 14), setting goals for postwar international cooperation, is created as a result.
- August 16
- August 19 – The Tiraspol Agreement is signed between Germany and Romania.
- August 21 – In revenge for the execution two days earlier of French Resistance member Samuel Tyszelman, communist activist Pierre Georges (with others) shoots and kills a member of the German military in occupied Paris, initiating a cycle of assassinations and retribution that will claim hundreds of lives.
- August 25 – WWII: The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran to secure the Persian Corridor and oilfields begins.
- August 27 – WWII: Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre, 23,600 Jews are shot dead by Einsatzgruppen troops and local collaborators in Ukraine.
- August 28 – WWII: Soviet evacuation of Tallinn – German troops capture Tallinn, Estonia from the Soviet Union, while attacks on the evacuating Soviet ships leave more than 12,000 dead in one of the bloodiest naval battles of the war. German forces will capture the entire Estonian territory by December 6.
- August 29
- WWII: The Government of National Salvation, a Serb puppet state of the Axis powers, is established by General Milan Nedić in Nazi-occupied Serbia in Belgrade, under military commander Heinrich Danckelmann; the regime includes 15 Ministers.
- Robert Menzies resigns as Prime Minister of Australia, after losing the support of his party. He will not return to the Prime Ministership until 1949. Arthur Fadden, leader of the Country Party, consequently becomes Prime Minister, while former Prime Minister Billy Hughes replaces Menzies as UAP leader.
- August 30
- August 31
- September 3 – The Holocaust: SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritzsch first uses the pesticide Zyklon B to execute Soviet prisoners of war en masse at Auschwitz concentration camp; eventually it will be used to kill about 1.2 million people.
- September 6 – The Holocaust: The requirement to wear a yellow badge with the Star of David and the word "Jew" (Jude) inscribed, is extended to all Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas.
- September 8 – WWII: Siege of Leningrad – German forces begin a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad. Stalin orders the Volga Germans deported to Siberia.
- September 11
- WWII: Charles Lindbergh, at an America First Committee rally in Des Moines, Iowa, accuses "the British, the Jewish, and the Roosevelt administration" of leading the United States toward war. Widespread condemnation of Lindbergh follows.
- The Medvedev Forest massacre of political prisoners takes place, at the Oryol Prison in the Soviet Union.
- September 12
- September 14 – The State of Vermont "declares war" on Germany, by defining the United States to be in "armed conflict", in order to extend a wartime bonus to Vermonters in the service.
- September 15 – The Estonian Self-Administration, headed by Hjalmar Mäe, is appointed by the German military administration.
- September 16 – Rezā Shāh of Iran is forced to resign in favor of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, under pressure from the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, concluding the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran.
- September 16–30 – The Nikolaev massacre takes place in Mykolaiv (Soviet Union); 35,782 men, women and children, mostly Jews, are killed by Einsatzgruppe D and local collaborators.
- September 22 – The town of Reshetylivka in the Soviet Union is occupied by German forces.
- September 23 – The 1941 Texas hurricane makes landfall near Bay City, Texas, causing extensive damage and flooding in Galveston and Houston.
- September 27
- September 28 – WWII: The Drama Uprising against the Bulgarian occupation in northern Greece begins.
- September 29 – WWII: The Moscow Conference begins; U.S. representative Averell Harriman and British representative Lord Beaverbrook meet with Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, to arrange urgent assistance for Russia.
- September 29–30 – The Holocaust: Babi Yar massacre – German troops, assisted by Ukrainian police and local collaborators, kill 33,771 Jews in Kyiv.
- Mid-October – The first P-38E Lightning fighter is produced by Lockheed in the United States.
- October 1
- The Holocaust: The Nazi German Majdanek concentration camp (Konzentrationslager Lublin) opens in occupied Poland, on the outskirts of the town of Lublin. Between October 1941 and July 1944, at least 200,000 people will be killed in the camp.
- The New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy becomes the Royal New Zealand Navy.
- October 2
- October 5 – The Holocaust: In Berdychiv, 20–30,000 Jews are shot dead.
- October 7 – John Curtin becomes the 14th Prime Minister of Australia, following the defeat of Arthur Fadden's Country/UAP Coalition government, on the floor of the House of Representatives.
- October 8 – WWII: In their invasion of the Soviet Union, Germany reaches the Sea of Azov, with the capture of Mariupol.
- October 11 – WWII: Armed insurgents from the People's Liberation Army of Macedonia attack Axis-occupied zones in the city of Prilep, beginning the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
- October 11–12 – Fire destroys a Firestone Tire and Rubber Company plant in Fall River, Massachusetts, consuming 15,850 tons of rubber, and causing a setback to the United States military effort.
- October 13 – The Holocaust: Heinrich Himmler instructs SS and Police Leader Odilo Globocnik to begin construction of Bełżec, the first of the Operation Reinhard extermination camps.
- October 15 – WWII: British submarine HMS Torbay bombards the port of Apollonia, Cyrenaica in Italian Libya.
- October 16 – WWII: The Soviet government moves to Kuibyshev (modern Samara), but Stalin remains in Moscow.
- October 17 – WWII: Destroyer USS Kearny is torpedoed and damaged near Iceland, killing 11 sailors (the first American military casualties of the war, in which the US is at this time neutral).
- October 18 – General Hideki Tōjō becomes the 40th Prime Minister of Japan.
- October 18 – Film The Maltese Falcon is released in the United States, starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston.
- October 21
- WWII: Kragujevac massacre – German soldiers and local auxiliaries massacre more than 2,000 civilian men at Kragujevac, in Nazi-occupied Serbia.
- Fictional superheroine Wonder Woman, created by William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter, makes her first appearance in All Star Comics #8, "Introducing Wonder Woman", in the US (cover date December 1941).
- October 23 – Walt Disney's fourth animated film Dumbo is released in the United States.
- October 25 – WWII: German fighter pilot Franz von Werra disappears during a flight over the North Sea.
- October 29 – The Holocaust: Kaunas massacre of October 29, 1941 – Over 9,200 Lithuanian Jews are shot dead.
- October 30
- October 31
- November 5 – WWII: The United States holds peace talks with Japan.
- November 6 – WWII: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin addresses the Soviet Union for only the second time during his three-decade rule (the first time was earlier this year on July 2). He states that 350,000 Soviet troops have been killed in German attacks, but that the Germans have lost 4.5 million soldiers (a gross exaggeration), and that Soviet victory is near.
- November 7 – WWII: The Soviet hospital ship Armenia is sunk by German aircraft while evacuating refugees, wounded military and the staff of several Crimean hospitals. It is estimated that more than 5,000 die in the sinking.
- November 10 – In a speech at the Mansion House, London, Winston Churchill promises "should the United States become involved in war with Japan, the British declaration will follow within the hour".
- November 12 – WWII:
- As the Battle of Moscow begins, temperatures around Moscow drop to −12 °C, and the Soviet Union launches ski troops for the first time, against the freezing German forces near the city.
- Soviet cruiser Chervona Ukraina is hit three times in the Severnaya Bay by bombs from German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers from II./StG 77 during the Siege of Sevastopol.
- November 14
- November 17 – WWII: Joseph Grew, the United States ambassador to Japan, cables to Washington, D.C. a warning, that Japan may strike suddenly and unexpectedly.
- November 18 – WWII: Operation Crusader, a British Eighth Army operation to relieve the Siege of Tobruk in North Africa, begins.
- November 19 – WWII: Battle between HMAS Sydney and German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran – Both commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran and Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney sink following a battle off the coast of Western Australia. There are no survivors from the 645 Australian sailors aboard Sydney.
- November 21 – The live blues radio program King Biscuit Time is broadcast for the first time on KFFA in Helena, Arkansas; it will attain its 17,000th broadcast in 2014 making it the longest-running daily American radio broadcast.
- November 22 – WWII: British heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire sinks commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis, ending the longest warship cruise of the war (622 days without in-port replenishment or repair).
- November 26 – WWII:
- The Hull note (Outline of Proposed Basis for Agreement Between the United States and Japan), named for Secretary of State Cordell Hull, is delivered to the Empire of Japan by the United States.
- A task force of 6 aircraft carriers, commanded by Japanese Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, leaves Hitokapu Bay for Pearl Harbor, under strict radio silence.
- November 27
- November 30 and December 8 – Rumbula massacre: Nazi forces kill approximately 24,000 Latvian Jews and 1,000 German Jews outside of Riga.
- December 1 – WWII:
- December 2 – WWII: The code message "Climb Mount Niitaka" is transmitted to the Japanese task force, indicating that negotiations have broken down and that the attack on Pearl Harbor is to be carried out according to plan.
- December 4 – The State of Jefferson is declared in Yreka, California, with a judge, John Childs, as governor.
- December 5 – WWII: The United Kingdom declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.
- December 6 – WWII:
- December 7 (December 8 – 3:18 a.m., Japan Standard Time) – WWII:
- Attack on Pearl Harbor: Aircraft flying from Imperial Japanese Navy carriers launch a surprise attack on the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, thus drawing the United States into World War II. The attack begins at 7:55 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time, and is announced on radio stations in the U.S. at about 11:26 p.m. PST (19.26 GMT).
- The Japanese declaration of war on the United States and the British Empire is published in Japanese evening newspapers, but not formally delivered to the U.S. until the following day. Canada declares war on Japan.
- Adolf Hitler makes his Nacht und Nebel decree, declaring that all political prisoners and those involved in both German resistance to Nazism and resistance to Nazism throughout German-occupied Europe are to be apprehended by the Gestapo, Sicherheitsdienst and other security forces under Heinrich Himmler's control.
- Tobruk's British and Commonwealth garrison is relieved after Axis forces under Rommel withdraw.
- December 8
- WWII: The Battle of Hong Kong begins shortly after 8:00 a.m. (local time), less than 8 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when Japanese forces invade Hong Kong, which is defended by British, Canadian and local troops. The United Kingdom officially declares war on the Empire of Japan.
- WWII: The Japanese Invade Shanghai International Settlement, to occupy the British and the American sectors, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- WWII: The Japanese invasion of the Philippines begins 10 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when Japanese forces invade Luzon and destroy U.S. aircraft on Clark Field.
- WWII: President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his "Infamy Speech" to a Joint session of the United States Congress at 12:30 p.m. EST (17.30 GMT). Transmitted live over all four major national networks, it attracts the largest audience ever for an American radio broadcast, over 81% of homes. Within an hour, Congress agrees to the President's request for a United States declaration of war upon Japan, and he signs it at 4:10 p.m.
- WWII: Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, the Free French, Yugoslavia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras also officially declare war on Japan, and the Republic of China declares war on the Axis powers.
- WWII: Japanese forces attack British Malaya and Thailand.
- WWII: The German advance on Moscow (Operation Typhoon) is suspended for the winter.
- The Holocaust: The Nazi German Chełmno extermination camp opens in occupied Poland, near the village of Chełmno nad Nerem. Between December 1941-April 1943 and June 1944-January 1945, at least 153,000 Jews will be killed in the camp.
- The Holocaust The first mass gassing of Jews begins at the Chełmno extermination camp on December 8, 1941, when the Nazis use gas vans to murder people from the Lodz ghetto.
- December 10 – WWII:
- December 11 – WWII:
- December 11–13 – WWII: Battle of Jitra: Japanese compel British troops to withdraw from their positions in Malaya.
- December 12 – WWII:
- December 13
- WWII: The United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa declare war on Bulgaria; Hungary declares war on the United States; and Honduras declares war on Germany and Italy.
- WWII: The Battle of Cape Bon is fought off Cape Bon, Tunisia: Italian cruisers Alberico da Barbiano and Alberto da Giussano are sunk without loss to the Allies.
- Sweden's low temperature record of −53 °C is set in a village within the Vilhelmina Municipality.
- December 14 – WWII: The Independent State of Croatia declares war on the United States and the United Kingdom.
- December 15 – WWII: At Drobytsky Yar, 15,000 Jews are shot dead by German troops.
- December 19 – WWII:
- Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Nazi Army.
- Raid on Alexandria: Italian Regia Marina divers on human torpedoes place limpet mines on ships of the British Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet in port at Alexandria, Egypt, disabling battleships Queen Elizabeth and Valiant.
- Twelve days after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland graduates its "Class of 1942" a semester early, so as to induct the graduating students without delay into the U.S. Navy and/or Marine Corps as officers, for immediate stationing in the war.
- December 21
- December 22 – WWII: The Arcadia Conference opens in Washington, D.C., the first meeting on military strategy between the heads of government of the United Kingdom and the United States, following the latter's entry into the war.
- December 23 – WWII: A second Japanese landing attempt on Wake Island is successful, and the American garrison surrenders, after a full night and morning of fighting.
- December 24 – WWII:
- December 25 – WWII:
- December 26 – WWII: Winston Churchill becomes the first British Prime Minister to address a joint session of the United States Congress.
- December 27 – WWII: British Commandos raid the Norwegian port of Vaagso, causing Hitler to reinforce the garrison and defenses, drawing vital troops away from other areas.
- The Classic Comics series is launched in the United States, with a version of The Three Musketeers.
- Chosun Tire and Rubber Manufacture, predecessor of South Korean tire brand Hankook, is founded in a suburb of Seoul (at this time part of the Empire of Japan).
- Factory Canteen, predecessor of Compass Group, global license food service and contract caterer, is founded in England.
|January · February · March · April · May · June · July · August · September · October · November · December|
- January 1
- January 3 – Shima Iwashita, Japanese actress
- January 4
- January 5
- January 7
- January 8
- January 9
- January 10 – José Greci, Italian actress (d. 2017)
- January 11
- January 12 – Long John Baldry, English singer (d. 2005)
- January 13 – Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
- January 14
- January 15 – Captain Beefheart, American singer (d. 2010)
- January 17 – Mircea Snegur, 1st President of Moldova
- January 18
- January 19 – Pat Patterson, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2020)
- January 20
- January 21
- January 22 – Rintaro, Japanese anime director
- January 24
- January 27
- January 28 – Fernando Serena, Spanish footballer (d. 2018)
- January 29 – Robin Morgan, Poet, author, political theorist, activist, journalist, lecturer, and editor
- January 30
- January 31
- February 1
- February 3
- February 4
- February 5
- February 6 – Stephen Albert, American composer (d. 1992)
- February 8
- February 9 — Kermit Gosnell, American abortionist and serial killer
- February 10 – Michael Apted, British film director (d. 2021)
- February 11
- February 12
- February 13
- February 15 – Florinda Bolkan, Brazilian actress and model
- February 16 – Kim Jong Il, Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (d. 2011)
- February 17 – Ron Meyer, American football coach (d. 2017)
- February 18 – Irma Thomas, African-American singer
- February 19 – David Gross, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- February 20 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, America singer
- February 22
- February 27 – Paddy Ashdown, British politician, diplomat (d. 2018)
- March 4
- March 7 – Andrei Mironov, Soviet and Russian theatre and film actor (d. 1987)
- March 9 – Ernesto Miranda, American criminal (d. 1976)
- March 10 – George P. Smith, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate
- March 12 – Erkki Salmenhaara, Finnish composer (d. 2002)
- March 13 – Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and author (d. 2008)
- March 14 – Wolfgang Petersen, German film director (d. 2022)
- March 15 – Mike Love, American musician (Beach Boys)
- March 16
- March 17 – Paul Kantner, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane) (d. 2016)
- March 18 – Wilson Pickett, African-American singer (d. 2006)
- March 20 – Kenji Kimihara, Japanese long-distance runner
- March 21 – Dirk Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut and astrophysicist
- March 22 – Bruno Ganz, Swiss actor (d. 2019)
- March 23 – Jim Trelease, American educator, author
- March 26 – Richard Dawkins, British scientist
- March 27
- March 28
- March 29 – Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- March 30
- March 31 – Rosario Green, Mexican economist, diplomat and politician (d. 2017)
- April 2 – Dr. Demento (Barret Eugene Hansen), American radio disc jockey, novelty music collector
- April 3
- April 5
- April 6 – Phil Austin, American comedian (The Firesign Theater) (d. 2015)
- April 7
- April 8 – Peggy Lennon, American singer (The Lennon Sisters)
- April 9 – Kay Adams, American country singer
- April 10
- April 11
- April 12 – Bobby Moore, English football player, World Cup winning captain (d. 1993)
- April 13 – Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- April 14 – Pete Rose, American baseball player
- April 18 – Michael D. Higgins, 9th President of Ireland
- April 19
- April 20 – Ryan O'Neal, American actor (Love Story)
- April 21 – Eduardo Guedes, U.S., Portuguese film-maker (d. 2000)
- April 22 – Amir Pnueli, Israeli computer scientist (d. 2009)
- April 23
- April 24
- April 25
- April 26 – Claudine Auger, French actress (d. 2019)
- April 27
- April 28
- May 3
- May 5
- May 6
- May 8
- May 9 – Howard Komives, American professional basketball player (d. 2009)
- May 10
- May 11 – Eric Burdon, British singer
- May 13
- May 14 – Jesús Gómez, Mexican equestrian (d. 2017)
- May 16
- May 18 – Miriam Margolyes, British-Australian actress
- May 19
- May 20 – Goh Chok Tong, 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore
- May 21 – Bobby Cox, American baseball manager
- May 22 – Menzies Campbell, British politician
- May 23
- May 24
- May 25 – Rudolf Adler, Czech filmmaker
- May 26 – John Kaufman, British sculptor
- May 27
- May 29 – Doug Scott, English mountaineer
- May 31
- June 1
- June 2
- June 5
- June 6 – Alexander Cockburn, Irish-American political journalist and writer (d. 2012)
- June 7
- June 8
- June 9 – Jon Lord, English composer, pianist and organist (d. 2012)
- June 10
- June 12
- June 13 – Esther Ofarim, Israeli singer
- June 14
- June 15
- June 17 – Roberta Maxwell, Canadian actress
- June 19
- June 20
- June 21
- Mitty Collier, American church pastor and gospel (previously rhythm and blues) singer
- Aloysius Paul D'Souza, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore
- Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor, comedian (Second City Television)
- Liz Mohn, German businesswoman in management of media conglomerate Bertelsmann, widow of Reinhard Mohn
- Totto Osvold, Norwegian radio entertainer
- Jimmy Rayl, American basketball player (d. 2019)
- Eduardo Suplicy, Brazilian left-wing politician, economist and professor
- Valeri Zolotukhin, Soviet and Russian actor (d. 2013)
- June 22
- June 23
- June 24
- Erkin Koray, Turkish musician
- Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, feminist and novelist
- Nelson López, Argentine football defender
- Graham McKenzie, Australian cricketer
- Bill Reardon, American politician, educator
- Charles Whitman, American mass murderer (d. 1966)
- June 25
- June 26
- June 27
- Jerry Allen, American football running back
- Ian Black, British competitive swimmer
- John Goold, Australian rules footballer
- James P. Hogan, British author (d. 2010)
- Mike Honda, American politician and educator
- Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (d. 1996)
- Pavel Schenk, Czech volleyball player
- John Smyth, British barrister
- June 28
- June 29
- Chieko Baisho, Japanese actress, singer
- John Boccabella, American baseball player
- David A. Bramlett, United States Army four-star general
- Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), Trinidadian-American civil rights activist (d. 1998)
- Margitta Gummel, German Olympic gold medalist
- Larry Stahl, American baseball player
- June 30
- July 1
- Alf Duval, Australian rower
- Rod Gilbert, Canadian professional ice hockey forward
- Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2015)
- Zimani Kadzamira, Malawian academic, civil servant and diplomat
- Jaakko Kailajärvi, Finnish weightlifter
- Ursula Koch, Swiss politician
- Denis Michael Rohan, Australian citizen who, on August 21, 1969, set fire to the pulpit of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem (d. 1995)
- Nicolae Saramandu, Romanian linguist and philologist
- Myron Scholes, Canadian-American financial economist
- Twyla Tharp, American dancer, choreographer and author
- July 2
- July 3
- July 4
- July 5
- July 6
- July 7
- Vivian Barbot, Canadian-Haitian teacher, activist and politician
- Marco Bollesan, Italian former rugby union player, coach and manager
- Alan Durban, Welsh international footballer, manager
- Louis Friedman, American astronautics engineer, space spokesperson
- Michael Howard, Welsh politician
- Bill Oddie, English writer, composer, musician and comedian
- John Fru Ndi, Cameroonian politician (d. 2023)
- Jim Rodford, English musician (d. 2018)
- July 8
- July 9
- July 10
- July 11
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14
- July 15
- July 16
- Valeri Butenko, Soviet midfielder, football referee
- Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
- Ken Herock, American college, professional football player
- Seijirō Kōyama, Japanese film director
- Kálmán Mészöly, Hungarian football (soccer) player, coach
- Lloyd Sisco, American football coach
- Hans Wiegel, Dutch politician
- July 17
- July 18
- July 19
- July 20
- July 21
- July 22
- July 23
- July 25
- July 26 – Darlene Love, African-American singer, actress
- July 27 – Bill Baxley, Alabama politician
- July 28
- July 29 – Jennifer Dunn, American politician (d. 2007)
- July 30 – Paul Anka, Canadian-American singer, songwriter
- August 2 – Ede Staal, Dutch singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
- August 3
- August 4
- August 5 – Gil Garcetti, American politician
- August 6 – Lyle Berman, American poker player
- August 8
- August 9 – Shirlee Busbee, American novelist
- August 12 – Deborah Walley, American actress (d. 2001)
- August 14
- August 16
- August 17
- August 20 – Slobodan Milošević, 3rd President of Yugoslavia and 1st President of Serbia (d. 2006)
- August 21
- August 26
- August 27
- August 28 – A. I. Katsina-Alu, Nigerian judge (d. 2018)
- August 29 – Robin Leach, English television personality (d. 2018)
- September 2
- September 3 – Sergei Dovlatov, Russian short-story writer, novelist (d. 1990)
- September 4 – Sushilkumar Shinde, Indian politician
- September 8
- September 9
- September 10
- September 13
- September 14 – Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan musician (d. 2020)
- September 15
- September 17 – Bob Matsui, U.S. Congressman from California (d. 2005)
- September 18 – Priscilla Mitchell, American country music singer (d. 2014)
- September 19 – Cass Elliot, American singer (The Mamas & the Papas) (d. 1974)
- September 20 – Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor
- September 21 – R. James Woolsey Jr., American lawyer and diplomat
- September 23 – George Jackson, American author (d. 1971)
- September 24
- September 26 – Martine Beswick, British actress, model
- September 27
- September 28 – Edmund Stoiber, German politician
- September 29 – Fred West, British serial killer (d. 1995)
- September 30 – Angela Pleasence, British actress
- October 1 – Vyacheslav Vedenin, Soviet cross-country skier
- October 3
- October 4
- October 5 – Eduardo Duhalde, 50th President of Argentina
- October 8 – Jesse Jackson, African-American clergyman, civil rights activist and presidential candidate
- October 9 – Trent Lott, American politician and author
- October 10
- October 11 – Valerii Postoyanov, Soviet Olympic sport shooter (d. 2018)
- October 13 – Paul Simon, American singer, composer (Simon and Garfunkel)
- October 15
- October 16 – Tim McCarver, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2023)
- October 17 – Earl Thomas Conley, American country music singer (d. 2019)
- October 19 – Peter Thornley, English professional wrestler best known for the ring character Kendo Nagasaki
- October 20 – Anneke Wills, British actress
- October 21 – Dickie Pride, British rock and roll singer (d. 1969)
- October 23 – Mel Winkler, American actor (d. 2020)
- October 24 – Frank Aendenboom, Belgian actor (d. 2018)
- October 25
- October 27
- October 28
- October 30 – Theodor W. Hänsch, German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics recipient
- October 31 – Sally Kirkland, American actress
- November 1
- November 2 – Bruce Welch, British guitarist and singer-songwriter
- November 2 – Arun Shourie, Indian author and economist
- November 5 – Art Garfunkel, American singer (Simon and Garfunkel)
- November 6
- November 7 – Angelo Scola, Italian cardinal
- November 9 – Tom Fogerty, American guitarist (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (d. 1990)
- November 13 – Dack Rambo, American actor (d. 1994)
- November 17 – Tova Traesnaes, Norwegian-American cosmetician and businesswoman; wife of actor Ernest Borgnine
- November 18 – David Hemmings, English actor (d. 2003)
- November 19 – Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams) (d. 2016)
- November 20
- November 21 – İdil Biret, Turkish pianist
- November 22 – Tom Conti, Scottish actor
- November 23
- November 24 – Pete Best, English drummer
- November 25
- November 27
- November 28 – Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (d. 2015)
- November 29
- December 1
- December 4
- December 6
- December 8 – Geoff Hurst, English footballer
- December 9
- December 10
- December 11
- December 12 – Vitaly Solomin, Soviet and Russian actor, director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
- December 13 – John Davidson, American singer, actor
- December 16
- December 19
- December 21
- December 23
- December 24
- December 27
- December 29 – Ray Thomas, English flautist, singer and songwriter (The Moody Blues) (d. 2018)
- December 30 – Mel Renfro, American football player
- December 31 – Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager (Manchester United)
- January 1 – József Konkolics, Hungarian Slovene writer (b. 1861)
- January 4 – Henri Bergson, French philosopher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (b. 1859)
- January 5 – Amy Johnson, English aviator (aviation accident) (b. 1903)
- January 8
- January 10
- January 11 – Emanuel Lasker, German chess champion (b. 1868)
- January 13 – James Joyce, Irish writer, poet (b. 1882)
- January 15 – Guglielmo Pecori Giraldi, Italian nobleman, general and politician (b. 1856)
- January 21 – Rudolf von Brudermann, Austro-Hungarian general (b. 1851)
- January 24 – Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll, British aristocrat (murder) (b. 1901)
- January 29 – Ioannis Metaxas, Greek military officer, politician and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1871)
- February 2 – Harris Laning, American admiral (b. 1873)
- February 4 – George Lloyd, 1st Baron Lloyd, British politician and diplomat (b. 1879)
- February 5
- February 7 – Giuseppe Tellera, Italian general (died of wounds) (b. 1882)
- February 9 – Aaron S. Watkins, American temperance movement leader (b. 1863)
- February 11 – Rudolf Hilferding, German economist, Minister of Finance (b. 1877)
- February 13 – Blind Boy Fuller, African-American blues musician (b. 1904)
- February 21 – Sir Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1891)
- February 24 – Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière, German submarine commander (b. 1886)
- February 27 – William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
- February 28 – King Alfonso XIII of Spain (b. 1886)
- March 4 – Ludwig Quidde, German activist, politician and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
- March 6 – Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mount Rushmore) (b. 1867)
- March 8 – Sherwood Anderson, American author (b. 1876)
- March 14 – C. R. M. F. Cruttwell, English historian (b. 1887)
- March 15 – Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (b. 1864)
- March 17 – Joachim Schepke, German submarine commander (killed in action) (b. 1912)
- March 18 – Alexander Pfänder, German philosopher (b. 1870)
- March 28
- March 30 – Vasil Kutinchev, Bulgarian general (b. 1859)
- April 3 – Pál Teleki, 2-time Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1879)
- April 5 – Sir Nigel Gresley, English steam locomotive engineer (Flying Scotsman and Mallard) (b. 1876)
- April 13 – Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer (b. 1863)
- April 16 – Josiah Stamp, British baron, banker, civil servant, industrialist, economist and statistician (enemy action) (b.1880)
- April 17 – Hans Driesch, German biologist, philosopher (b. 1867)
- April 24 – King Sisowath Monivong of Cambodia (b. 1875)
- April 30 – Edwin S. Porter, American film director (b. 1870)
- May 6 – Shūzō Kuki, Japanese philosopher (b. 1888)
- May 7 – James George Frazer, Scottish social anthropologist (b. 1854)
- May 11 – Peggy Shannon, American actress (b. 1910)
- May 12 – Ruth Stonehouse, American actress (b. 1892)
- May 16 – Minnie Vautrin, American missionary, heroine of the Nanjing Massacre (b. 1887)
- May 24 – Lancelot Holland, British admiral (died in action) (b. 1887)
- May 27 – Günther Lütjens, German admiral (killed in action) (b. 1889)
- May 30 – Prajadhipok, Rama VII, King of Siam (b. 1893)
- June 1
- June 2 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (New York Yankees), MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1903)
- June 4 – Wilhelm II, last Emperor of Germany (b. 1859)
- June 6 – Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born automobile builder, race car driver (b. 1878)
- June 11 – Daniel Carter Beard, American scouting pioneer (b. 1850)
- June 15 – Evelyn Underhill, English Christian mystic (b. 1875)
- June 21 – Elliott Dexter, American actor (b. 1870)
- June 25 – Luigi Capello, Italian general (b. 1859)
- June 28 – Richard Carle, American actor (b. 1871)
- June 29 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist, composer and third Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1860)
- July 1 – Mikhail Kaganovich, Soviet politician (b. 1888)
- July 3 – Friedrich Akel, Estonian diplomat, politician (b. 1871)
- July 4 – Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)
- July 10 – Jelly Roll Morton, African-American jazz musician, composer (b. 1890)
- July 11 – Arthur Evans, English archaeologist (b. 1851)
- July 15 – Walter Ruttmann, German director (b. 1887)
- July 20 – Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (b. 1867)
- July 22 – Dmitry Pavlov, Soviet general (executed) (b. 1897)
- July 23 – José Quiñones Gonzales, Peruvian aviator (b. 1914)
- July 24 – Rudolf Ramek, 5th Chancellor of Austria (b. 1881)
- July 25 – Allan Forrest, American actor (b. 1885)
- July 26 – Henri Lebesgue, French mathematician (b. 1875)
- July 27
- July 30
- August 1 –James Drake, Australian politician (b. 1850)
- August 7 – Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
- August 12 – Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, British politician and colonial administrator, 22nd Viceroy of India, 13th Governor General of Canada (b. 1866)
- August 13 – J. Stuart Blackton, American film producer (b. 1875)
- August 14
- August 20 – John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven, British politician, 8th Governor-General of Australia (b. 1874)
- August 30 – Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist (b. 1874)
- August 31 – Marina Tsvetaeva, Soviet Russian poet (suicide) (b. 1892)
- September 1 – Karl Parts, Estonian military commander (b. 1886)
- September 9 – Hans Spemann, German embryologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1869)
- September 11
- Alipio Ponce, Peruvian police officer, Civil Guard hero (b. 1906)
- Christian Rakovsky, Bulgarian revolutionary, Russian Bolshevik and Soviet diplomat, journalist, physician and essayist (executed) (b. 1873)
- Maria Spiridonova, Russian revolutionary, former leader of the Party of Left Socialist Revolutionaries (executed) (b. 1884)
- September 18 – Fred Karno, English music hall impresario (b. 1866)
- September 20 – Mikhail Kirponos, Soviet general (b. 1892)
- October 5 – Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1856)
- October 8
- October 9 – Helen Morgan, American singer and actress (b. 1900)
- October 16 – Sergei Efron, Russian poet and secret police operative (executed) (b. 1893)
- October 18 – Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (b. 1860)
- October 25 – Robert Delaunay, French painter (b. 1885)
- October 26
- October 28
- October 29
- November 7 – Frank Pick, British transport administrator and patron of industrial design (b. 1878)
- November 10 – Carrie Derick, Canadian botanist and geneticist (b. 1862)
- November 16
- November 17 – Ernst Udet, German World War I fighter ace, Nazi Luftwaffe official (suicide) (b. 1896)
- November 18
- November 22
- November 23 – Henrietta Vinton Davis, American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker (b. 1860)
- November 25 – Pedro Aguirre Cerda, President of Chile (b. 1879)
- November 26 – Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor, ceramist (b. 1861)
- November 27 – Sir Charles Briggs, British general (b. 1865)
- December 2 – Edward Rydz-Śmigły, Polish marshal (b. 1886)
- December 3 – Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (b. 1856)
- December 7 – Isaac C. Kidd, American admiral (killed in action) (b. 1884)
- December 8 – Izidor Kürschner, Hungarian football player and coach (b. 1885)
- December 9 – Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli, Austrian general, German field marshal (b. 1856)
- December 10 – Sir Tom Phillips, British admiral (killed in action) (b. 1888)
- December 11 – Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
- December 15 – Blessed Martyrs of Drina, Croatian nuns
- December 25 – Blanche Bates, American stage actress (b. 1873)
- December 29 – Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (b. 1873)
- December 30 – El Lissitzky, Russian artist, architect (b. 1890)
- Physics – not awarded
- Chemistry – not awarded
- Medicine – not awarded
- Literature – not awarded
- Peace – not awarded
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