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1941 ( was a MCMXLI) common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1941st year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 941st year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 41st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1940s decade.
Below, the events of
World War II have the "WWII" acronym.
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 Nazi Germany in the first phase of mass killings under the Action T4 program here.
January 1 – Thailand 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 Nazi Germany by Martin Bormann on behalf of Adolf Hitler requires replacement of blackletter typefaces by Antiqua. 
January 4 – The short subject is released, marking the second appearance of Elmer's Pet Rabbit Bugs Bunny, and also the first to have his name on a title card.
January 5 – WWII: At the 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 – The keel of the USS is laid at the Missouri New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn.
January 10 – The Lend-Lease Act is introduced into the United States Congress.
January 11 – The British Royal Navy light cruiser HMS is sunk off Southampton (83) Malta.
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 captures the Norwegian whaling fleet near Pinguin Bouvet Island, effectively ending Southern Ocean whaling for the duration of the war. 
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.
January 20 – Franklin D. Roosevelt is sworn in for a third term as President of the United States.
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 30 – WWII: Australians capture Derna, Libya, from the Italians.
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 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:
March 30 – WWII:
All German, Italian and Danish ships anchored in United States waters are taken into "protective custody".
Lorenz cipher machine operator sends a 4,000-character message twice, allowing British mathematician Bill Tutte to decipher the machine's coding mechanism. 
The breakfast cereal
is introduced as Cheerios by CheeriOats General Mills.
Orson Welles' film premieres in New York City. Citizen Kane 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 – 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 is sunk by Pinguin HMS in the Indian Ocean; 555 are killed. Cornwall (56)
May 9 – WWII: The German submarine is captured by the British U-110 Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine, which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
May 11/ May 12 – WWII: The Ustaše massacre 260–373 Serb men in a Catholic church in Glina, Croatia where the men had 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 19 – The Viet Minh is formed in 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 sinks the U.S.-flagged U-69 (1940) SS off the west African coast, having allowed the passengers and crew to disembark. Robin Moor
May 26 – WWII: In the North Atlantic, Fairey Swordfish aircraft from the carrier HMS cripple the steering of Ark Royal German battleship in an Bismarck aerial torpedo attack.
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.
July – The British Army's
Special Air Service is formed.
Commercial TV authorized by the FCC.
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, , as simulcast on radio and TV and sponsored by Truth or Consequences 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.
July 2 – WWII: 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 – The massacre of Polish scientists and writers is committed by Nazi German troops in the occupied Polish city of Lwów.
July 5 – WWII:
July 5– 31: War is fought between Peru and Ecuador.
July 7 – WWII: American forces take over the defense of Iceland from the British.
July 7 – the Communist Party of Yugoslavia raised an uprising against the Nazi occupation The Uprising began when Žikica Jovanović Španac and Miša Pantić killed two Nazi gendarmes in the village of Bela Crkva,
July 10 – The Holocaust: Jedwabne pogrom: Local ethnic Poles massacre at least 340 Jewish residents of Jedwabne in occupied Poland. 
July 11 – The Northern Rhodesian Labour Party holds its first congress in Nkana. 
July 13 – WWII: 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).
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.
BBC broadcast by "Colonel Britton" calls on the people of occupied Europe to resist the Nazis under the slogan "V for Victory". The first episode
in which The Midnight Snack Tom and Jerry are officially named, more than a year after their first production Puss Gets the Boot
July 23 – WWII: Italian aircraft damage the British destroyer HMS which has to be sunk. Fearless
July 25 – Introduction of postal codes in Germany.
July 26 – WWII:
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 eight 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." 
Political Warfare Executive is formed in the United Kingdom.
August 1 – First production Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep.
August 5 – Provisional Government of Lithuania 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 sinks an Italian Severn Marconi-class submarine.
August 9 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet onboard 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 – HMS Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Mercury Petersfield, Hampshire, England.
August 22 – WWII: France: The German Occupation Authority announces that anyone working for or aiding the Free French will be sentenced to death.
August 25 – WWII: The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran begins.
August 27 – WWII: Pierre Laval is shot in an assassination attempt at Versailles, France.
August 27 - August 28; the Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre takes place killing 23,600 Hungarian and Soviet Jews.
August 28 – WWII:
August 30 – German Troopship Bahia Laura is sunk by HMS , 450 are killed. Trident (N52)
August 31 – debuts on The Great Gildersleeve NBC Radio in the United States.
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 the Star of David with the word "Jew" inscribed, is extended to all Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas.
September 8 – WWII: The Siege of Leningrad begins: German forces begin a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad. Stalin orders the Volga Germans deported to Siberia.
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.
September 16 - September 30 The Nikolaev massacre takes place in Mykalaiv; 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 27 – WWII: The National Liberation Front (Greece), the main Greek Resistance movement, is established and Georgios Siantos is appointed its first acting leader.
September 27 – The first liberty ship, the SS , is launched at Patrick Henry Baltimore.
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 Molotov to arrange urgent assistance for Russia.
September 29– September 30 – The Holocaust: Babi Yar massacre – German troops, assisted by Ukrainian police and local collaborators, kill 33,771 Jews.
October 2 – WWII: Operation Typhoon begins as Germany launches an all-out offensive against Moscow.
October 5 – The Holocaust: In Berdychiv 20-30,000 Jews are shot dead.
October 7 – John Curtin becomes the 14th Prime Minister of Australia.
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 attacked 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 war 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 – British submarine HMS bombards the port of Torbay Apollonia, Cyrenaica in Italian Libya. Mid-October – First production
P-38E Lightning fighter produced by Lockheed in the United States.
October 16 – WWII: The Soviet government moves to Kuibyshev (modern Samara), but Stalin remains in Moscow.
October 17 – WWII: The destroyer USS is torpedoed and damaged near Kearny Iceland, killing 11 sailors (the first American military casualties of the war).
October 18 – General Hideki Tōjō becomes the 40th Prime Minister of Japan.
October 21 – WWII: Kragujevac massacre – German soldiers and local auxiliaries massacre more than 2000 civilian men at Kragujevac in Nazi-occupied Serbia.
October 23 – Walt Disney's fourth animated film is released in the United States. Dumbo
October 25 – 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 – WWII: Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, approves US$1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
November 5 – WWII: US 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 is sunk by German aircraft while evacuating refugees, wounded military and the staff of several Armenia 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:
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: Both commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser and Australian cruiser Kormoran HMAS sink following a battle off the coast of Western Australia. There are no survivors from the 645 Australian sailors aboard Sydney Sydney. 
November 21 – The radio program is broadcast for the first time (it later becomes the longest running daily radio broadcast in history and the most famous live King Biscuit Time blues radio program).
November 22 – WWII: HMS sinks Devonshire commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser , ending the longest warship cruise of the war (622 days without in-port replenishment or repair). Atlantis 
November 26 – WWII:
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 6 – WWII:
Soviet counterattacks begin against German troops encircling Moscow. The
Wehrmacht is subsequently pushed back over 200 miles. The United Kingdom declares war on Finland and Romania.
December 6 – WWII: British submarine HMS is sunk by a Perseus mine off Cephalonia.
December 7 ( December 8 – 3:18 a.m., Japan Standard Time) – WWII:
Battle of Hong Kong begins shortly after 8:00 a.m. ( local time), less than eight 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: Japanese Invasion of
Shanghai International Settlement, Began to occupy the British and the American sectors after the attack on Pearl Harbor. WWII: The
Japanese occupation of the Philippines begins ten 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 also 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 began in Chełmno extermination camp on 8 December 1941, when the Nazis used gas vans to murder people from the Lodz ghetto.
December 10 – WWII:
December 11 – WWII:
Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. The U.S. responds in kind.
Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") delivers her first propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
December 12 – WWII:
December 13 – 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 19 – WWII:
December 22 – WWII: 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:
British forces capture
Benghazi. Dutch submarine
HNLMS K XVI is the first Allied ship to sink a Japanese warship, sinking the destroyer near Sagiri Sarawak; K XVI is herself torpedoed the following day by Japanese submarine I 66.
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.
January 5 – Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese film director
January 8 – Graham Chapman, British comedian (d. 1989)
January 10 – José Greci, Italian actress (d. 2017)
January 12 – Long John Baldry, British singer (d. 2005)
January 15 – Captain Beefheart, American singer (d. 2010)
January 18 – David Ruffin, American singer ( The Temptations) (d. 1991)
January 19 – Pat Patterson, Canadian professional wrestler
January 21 – Richie Havens, American musician (d. 2013)
January 25 – Theo Berger, German criminal (d. 2003)
January 26 – Scott Glenn, American actor
January 27 – Beatrice Tinsley, English astronomer (d. 1981)
February 6 – Stephen Albert, American composer. (d. 1992)
February 8 – Nick Nolte, American actor
February 10 – Michael Apted, British film director
February 12 – Naomi Uemura, Japanese adventurer (d. 1984)
February 16 – Kim Jong-Il, Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (d. 2011)
February 19 – David Gross, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
February 20 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer
February 22 – Yau Leung, photographer in Hong Kong (d. 1997)
February 25 – Sandy Bull, American folk musician and composer (d. 2001)
February 28 – Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt
March 1 – Joo Hyun, South Korean actor
March 9 – Ernesto Miranda, American criminal (d. 1976)
March 12 – Erkki Salmenhaara, Finnish composer (d. 2002)
March 14 – Wolfgang Petersen, German film director
March 15 – Mike Love, American musician
March 17 – Paul Kantner, American rock guitarist (d. 2016)
March 18 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (d. 2006)
March 20 – Kenji Kimihara, Japanese long-distance runner
March 23 – Jim Trelease, American educator and author
March 26 – Richard Dawkins, British scientist
March 29 – Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr., American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate
April 2 – Dr. Demento (né Barret Eugene Hansen), American radio disc jockey, novelty music collector
April 7 – Gorden Kaye, British actor ( ) (d. 'Allo 'Allo! 2017)
April 8 – Peggy Lennon, American singer ( The Lennon Sisters)
April 9 – Kay Adams, American country singer
April 11 – Shirley Stelfox, English actress (d. 2015)
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 20 – Ryan O'Neal, American actor
April 21 – Eduardo Guedes, U.S. Portuguese film-maker (d. 2000)
April 27 – Lee Roy Jordan, American football player
May 3 – Paul Ferris (composer), English film composer and actor (d. 1995)
May 5 – Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (d. 2004)
May 6 – Ivica Osim, Bosnian football player and manager
May 8 – Yuri Voronov, politician and academic from Abkhazia (murdered) (d. 1995)
May 9 – Howard Komives, American professional basketball player (d. 2009)
May 10 – Aydın Güven Gürkan, Turkish academic and politician (d. 2006)
May 11 – Eric Burdon, British singer
May 20 – Goh Chok Tong, 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore
May 21 – Bobby Cox, American baseball manager
May 24 – Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, American poet and musician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature
May 26 – John Kaufman, British sculptor
May 27 – Teppo Hauta-aho, Finnish double bassist and composer
May 31 – Louis Ignarro, American pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
June 7 – Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
June 9 – Jon Lord, organist of Deep Purple (d. 2012)
June 12 – Marv Albert, American sports announcer
June 14 – Roy Harper, English guitarist
June 16 – Rosalind Baker, Australian author
Totto Osvold, Norwegian radio entertainer
Liz Mohn, widow of Reinhard Mohn, the owner of the media conglomerate Bertelsmann
Jimmy Rayl, American professional basketball player
Bruce William Nickerson, American civil rights and gay rights
Aloysius Paul D'Souza, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore
Mitty Collier, American church pastor, gospel singer and former rhythm and blues singer
Eduardo Suplicy, Brazilian left-wing politician, economist and professor
Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor and comedian
Valeri Zolotukhin, Soviet/Russian actor (d. 2013)
Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, feminist, and novelist
Graham McKenzie, Australian cricketer
Erkin Koray, Turkish musician
Nelson López, Argentine football defender
Bill Reardon, American politician and educator
Charles Whitman, American mass murderer (d. 1966)
Rod Gilbert, Canadian professional ice hockey forward
Ursula Koch, Swiss politician
Twyla Tharp, American dancer, choreographer, and author
Alf Duval, Australian rower
Jaakko Kailajärvi, Finnish weightlifter
Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2015)
Denis Michael Rohan, Australian citizen who, on 21 August 1969, set fire to the pulpit of the Al-Aqsa mosque, in Jerusalem (d. 1995)
John Fru Ndi, Cameroonian politician
Vivian Barbot, Canadian-Haitian teacher, activist, and politician
Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne, Welsh politician
Bill Oddie, English writer, composer, musician, comedian
Alan Durban, Welsh international footballer and manager
Louis Friedman, American astronautics engineer and space spokesperson
Marco Bollesan, Italian former rugby union player, coach and manager
July 23 – Sergio Mattarella, Italian lawyer, judge and politician, 12th President of Italy
July 25 – Margarita Isabel, Mexican actress (d. 2017)
July 26 – Darlene Love, American singer and actress
July 27 – Bill Baxley, Alabama politician
July 30 – Paul Anka, Canadian-American singer and songwriter
July 31 – Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician
September 1 – George Saimes, American football player
September 3 – Sergei Dovlatov, Russian short-story writer and novelist (d. 1990)
September 4 – Sushilkumar Shinde, Indian politician
September 8 – Bernie Sanders, American politician, U.S. Senator ( D- Vt.), and 2016 presidential candidate
September 14 – Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan musician
September 15 – Signe Toly Anderson, American singer (d. 2016)
September 17 – Bob Matsui, U.S. Congressman from California (d. 2005)
September 19 – Cass Elliot, American singer (d. 1974)
September 20 – Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor
September 26 – Martine Beswick, British actress and model
Gay Kayler Ashcroft, Australian country music singer
Sam Zell, American publisher and investor
September 28 – Edmund Stoiber, German politician
September 29 – Fred West, British serial killer (d. 1995)
September 30 – Angela Pleasence, British actress
October 3 – Chubby Checker, American singer
October 5 – Eduardo Duhalde, 50th President of Argentina
October 8 – Jesse Jackson, American clergyman and civil rights activist
October 9 – Trent Lott, United States Senator (R-MS)
October 10 – Peter Coyote, American actor
October 13 – Paul Simon, American singer and composer
October 15 – Rosie Douglas, 4th Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2000)
October 16 – Tim McCarver, American baseball commentator
October 20 – Anneke Wills, British actress
October 21 – Dickie Pride, British rock and roll singer (d. 1969)
October 23 – Mel Winkler, American actor
October 27 – Gerd Brantenberg, Norwegian feminist author and gay rights activist
October 30 – Theodor W. Hänsch, German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics
October 31 – Sally Kirkland, American actress
November 2 – Bruce Welch, British guitarist, singer and songwriter
November 5 – Art Garfunkel, American singer
November 7 – Angelo Scola, Italian cardinal
November 9 – Tom Fogerty, American guitarist ( Creedence Clearwater Revival) (d. 1990)
November 12 – Mae-Wan Ho, geneticist known for her critical views on genetic engineering and neo-Darwinism. (d. 2016)
November 13 – Joseph L. Galloway, American newspaper columnist and Vietnam War historian
November 17 – Tova Traesnaes, Norwegian-American cosmetician and businesswoman; widow of actor Ernest Borgnine
November 19 – Dan Haggerty, American actor (d. 2016)
November 20 – Oliver Sipple, decorated US Marine and Vietnam War veteran (d. 1989)
November 22 – Tom Conti, British actor and theatre director
November 24 – Pete Best, English drummer
November 26 – G. Alan Marlatt, Canadian-born American psychologist
November 28 – Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (d. 2015)
November 29 – Bill Freehan, American baseball player
December 1 – Nigel Rodley, né Rosenfeld, English international human rights lawyer (d. 2017)
December 9 – Beau Bridges, American actor
December 11 – J. Frank Wilson, American singer ( J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers) (d. 1991)
December 13 – John Davidson, American singer and actor
December 18 – Prince William of Gloucester, member of the English royal family
December 24 – Lex Hixon, American Sufi author, poet, and spiritual teacher (d. 1995)
December 27 – Miles Aiken, American basketball player and coach
December 30 – Mel Renfro, American football player
December 31 – Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager ( Manchester United)
February 2 – Harris Laning, American admiral (b. 1873)
February 5 – Otto Strandman, 1st Prime Minister of Estonia (b. 1875)
February 6 – Banjo Paterson, Australian poet and journalist (b. 1864)
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 and Minister of Finance (b. 1877)
February 21 – 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)
April 3 – Pál Teleki, 2-Time Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1879)
April 5 – Sir Nigel Gresley, English steam locomotive engineer ( and Flying Scotsman ) (b. Mallard 1876)
April 13 – Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer (b. 1863)
April 16 – Josiah Stamp, British baron, banker, civil servant, industrialist, economist and statistician (b. 1880)
April 24 – Karin Boye, Swedish poet (suicide) (b. 1900)
April 30 – Edwin S. Porter, American film director (b. 1870)
July 3 – Friedrich Akel, Estonian diplomat and politician (b. 1871)
July 4 – Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)
July 10 – Jelly Roll Morton, African-American jazz musician and 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 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 29 – James Stephenson, British actor (b. 1889)
November 7 – Frank Pick, British transport administrator and designer (b. 1878)
November 16 – Miina Härma, Estonian composer (b. 1864)
November 17 – Ernst Udet, German World War I fighter ace and Nazi Luftwaffe official (suicide) (b. 1896)
November 23 – Henrietta Vinton Davis, American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator, public speaker (b. 1860)
November 25 – Pedro Aguirre Cerda, President of Chile (b. 1879)
November 26 – Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (b. 1861)
November 27 – Charles James Briggs, British general (b. 1865)
November 30 – Esmond Romilly, British socialist (b. 1918)
December 2 – Edward Rydz-Śmigły, Polish marshal (b. 1886)
December 3 – Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (b. 1856)
December 7 – Isaac Campbell Kidd, American admiral (killed in action) (b. 1884)
December 9 – Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli, Austrian general and German field marshal (b. 1856)
December 10 – Tom Phillips, British admiral (b. 1888)
December 11 – Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
December 12 – César Basa, Filipino pilot (b. 1915)
December 25 – Blanche Bates, stage actress (b. 1873)
December 29 – Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (b. 1873)
December 30 – El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)
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