Top News Stories from 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.
President: Franklin D Roosevelt
Vice President: Henry A. Wallace
Population: 133,402,471More U.S. Statistics...
- 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
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
World SeriesNY Yankees d. Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1)
Stanley CupBoston d. Detroit
Kentucky Derby ChampionWhirlaway
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipWisconsin d. Washington St.
NCAA Football ChampionsMinnesota (8-0-0)
- 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.