25 April 1941

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25 April 1941

April 1941


North Africa

Germans capture Halfaya Pass, British forces back to Mersa Matruh, inside Egypt


Germans invade Lemnos

Hitler orders the invasion of Crete

April 26, 1941

It was the 17th Saturday of 1941. If you were born on this date your birthday numbers 4, 26 and 1941 reveal that your life path number is 9. Your zodiac sign is Taurus with a ruling planet Venus , your birthstone is the Diamond , and your birth flower is the Sweet Pea/Daisy . You are 80 years old, and were born in 1940s, in the middle of Silent Generation. The generation you are born into makes an impact on your life. Swipe up to find out what it all means.

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27 April 1941

The Battle of Greece also known as Operation Marita, German: Unternehmen Marita is the common name for the invasion of Allied Greece by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in April 1941 during World War II. The Italian invasion in October 1940, which is usually known as the Greco-Italian War, was followed by the German invasion in April 1941. German landings on the island of Crete came after Allied forces had been defeated in mainland Greece. These battles were part of the greater Balkan Campaign of Germany.

Following the Italian invasion on 28 October 1940, Greece repulsed the initial Italian attack and a counter-attack in March 1941. When the German invasion, known as Operation Marita, began on 6 April, the bulk of the Greek Army was on the Greek border with Albania, then a protectorate of Italy, from which the Italian troops had attacked. German troops invaded from Bulgaria, creating a second front. Greece had already received a small, inadequate reinforcement from British, Australian and New Zealand forces in anticipation of the German attack, but no more help was sent afterward. The Greek army found itself outnumbered in its effort to defend against both Italian and German troops. As a result, the Metaxas defensive line did not receive adequate troop reinforcements and was quickly overrun by the Germans, who then outflanked the Greek forces at the Albanian border, forcing their surrender. British, Australian and New Zealand forces were overwhelmed and forced to retreat, with the ultimate goal of evacuation. For several days, Allied troops played an important part in containing the German advance on the Thermopylae position, allowing ships to be prepared to evacuate the units defending Greece. The German Army reached the capital, Athens, on 27 Aprila and Greece’s southern shore on 30 April, capturing 7,000 British, Australian and New Zealand personnel and ending the battle with a decisive victory. The conquest of Greece was completed with the capture of Crete a month later. Following its fall, Greece was occupied by the military forces of Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.

Hitler later blamed the failure of his invasion of the Soviet Union, which had to be delayed, on Mussolini’s failed conquest of Greece. The theory that the Battle of Greece delayed the invasion of the Soviet Union has been refuted by the majority of historians, who have accused Hitler of trying to deflect blame from himself to his ally, Italy. It nevertheless had serious consequences for the Axis war effort in the North African theatre. Enno von Rintelen, who was the military attaché in Rome, emphasizes from the German point of view, the strategic mistake of not taking Malta.

April 26, 1941: Cubs are first MLB team to have organ music

Ray Nelson, who on Saturday unveiled his pipe organ behind the grandstand screen at Wrigley field, was at his keyboard again yesterday, playing a concert to the delight of those of the 18,678 fans who arrived before 2:30 o'clock.

Mr. Nelson was obliged to still his bellows at 2:30 because his repertoire includes many restricted ASCAP arias, which would have been picked up by the radio microphones hooked up a half hour before game time.

The organist, it is promised, will sort is album before the Cubs return home on May 13 and will be ready to peal BMI selections exclusively. Also in prospect is a Cub theme song entitled, "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for T-U-L-S-A."

Those who can think of a better title for a theme song are requested to send their suggestions to General Manager James T. Gallagher, Wrigley field, Chicago. Also any little number you'd like to have rippled off some afternoon, fitting the aria to the baseball score at the time, of course.

World War II Today: April 25

Allied forces withdraw from Lillehammer in central Norway.

New evacuation scheme introduced in Britain as a Ministry of Health survey shows that only 8% of eligible children have been registered 19% of parents refused to do so 73% did not bother to reply.

Roosevelt announces an indefinite extension of US Atlantic patrols.

German paratroops seize Corinth and cross the Corinth Canal to the Peloponnese.

Hitler issues Directive No.28, ordering the preparation of plans to capture Crete. The basic plan is to involve 22,750 paratroops, 650 combat aircraft and is to be launched on the 18th May 1941, although this is put back to the 20th May 1941.

The Luftwaffe attack Bath as the ‘Baedeker’ raids continue.

On his last patrol aboard U-404, Kapitanleutnant Otto von Bulow fires two FAT and two G7e torpedoes at British aircraft carrier HMS Biter. All detonate prematurely and HMS Biter escapes without damage. Von Bulow is later decorated by Hitler with Oak leaves to his Knights Cross for his Atlantic successes and German newspapers report the recent sinking of the American carrier USS Ranger as well. Later, USS Ranger commander Gordon Rowe, is photographed aboard his carrier smiling at a photograph of von Bulow and the German report of his vessel’s demise.

With Allied control of the skies over Germany now virtually complete, Goebbels strongly objects to Hitler’s plan to fly to Berlin for one of his rare visits to attend Colonel General Hube’s funeral. Hitler insists on going anyway. It will be the last time the increasingly reclusive Fuhrer will show himself at a large public gathering in the Third Reich.

The British right hook South of Kohima begins.

Beginning of the San Francisco Conference convened to discuss the founding of the United Nations.

German U-boats sink 5 allied supply ships in the English Channel.

The U.S. Third Army crosses the Danube, 70 miles Northeast of Munich.

The RAF attacks the ‘Eagle’s Nest’, Hitler’s chalet and the SS barracks at Berchtesgarten.

Troops of the U.S. Ninth Army and the Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front meet on the Elbe at Torgau, 100 miles Southwest of Berlin.

The U.S. Fifth Army enters Mantua, 60 miles Northwest of Bologna and continues its drive up coast, while the British Eighth Army crosses the Po river and captures Parma.

Russian units of the 1st Belorussian and 1st Ukrainian Fronts meet at Kietzen west of Berlin, meaning that eight Russian armies have now surrounded Berlin in a vice like grip. The suburbs Tegel and Reinickendorf fall into Russian hands. A relief attack by the III Panzer Korps from the area of Eberswalde 50 miles northeast of Berlin fails.

25 April 1941 - History

Greatest Military Display for Many Years

Monday, 14th April 1941

The twenty fifth anniversary of the Insurrection of Easter Week, 1916 was celebrated in Dublin yesterday by the largest exhibition of military strength seen in the capital in recent years.

After the President, Dr Douglas Hyde had spoken a few simple words to the enormous crowd which had assembled outside the General Post Office and filled the entire length of O’Connell Street, Mr de Valera reviewed over ten thousand regular troops drawn from all branches of the Army and approximately fifteen thousand members of the Volunteer Force, Local Defence Force, Local Security Force, the Marine Service, Red Cross, St. John Ambulance Brigade and A.R.P. Services.

The combined parade took two and a half hours to pass the saluting base.

Twenty-five years ago in Easter Week the chains that bound us began to be broken.

The President said: ‘Up to twenty-five years ago we were a people without power in our own land. Twenty-five years ago in Easter Week the chains that bound us began to be broken at last, and gradually they were thrown off, so that we here today are a free people. We are assembled in this great gathering to pay honour and homage to the men who went before us. We shall never lose the freedom which we have gained so long as we remain united, faithful to ourselves and loyal to the spirit of our ancestors.

"We pray to God that He will help us in the future as He has helped us in the past."

Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan

Antoinette Avril Gardiner, the daughter of Walter Gardiner and Doris Sutton, was born April 25, 1941 in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England. Her father was in the British Army, and at one point was stationed in Jordan.

It was in Jordan, while Antoinette was working as a secretary on the production of the film Lawrence of Arabia that she met her future husband, King Hussein I of Jordan.

The couple married on May 25, 1961, in Amman, Jordan. Having converted to Islam, she took on the name Muna-al Hussein. The following year, upon the birth of their first child, she was created HRH Princess Muna-al Hussein of Jordan. Unlike Hussein’s other wives, she was never created Queen of Jordan. The couple had four children including twin daughters:

    (born 1962), married Rania al Yassin, had four children (born 1963), married (1) Alia Tabbaa, had four children, divorced (2) Sara Bassam Qabbani, no children, divorced (3) Zeina Lubbadeh, had two children (born 1968), married (1) Zeid Saadedine Juma, had two children, divorced (2) Ashraf Banayoti, divorced (born 1968), married Majdi Farid Al-Saleh, had three children

Princess Muna with her two sons Feisal and Abdullah, 1964: Credit – Wikipedia

In 1971, the couple divorced, and she retained her titles. In 1999, upon Hussein’s death, her son Abdullah became King of Jordan. Princess Muna has been very involved in the development of nursing in Jordan and remains active in various organizations related to the field of nursing and healthcare in Jordan. Currently, she serves as President of the Jordanian Nursing Council.

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This Week In Illinois History: Illinois Congressman Battles Jim Crow (April 28, 1941)

On April 28, 1941, Illinois Congressman Arthur Mitchell argued to the Supreme Court that African Americans were entitled to railroad accommodations equal to white passengers.

Born to former slaves in Alabama in 1883, Mitchell attended the Tuskegee Institute and worked his way through school as a farmer and in the office of Booker T. Washington. He attended law school at Columbia University and Harvard before moving to Chicago, where he worked as a lawyer and got into politics. He was elected to Congress in 1934 as the nation’s first African American Democratic congressman. Throughout his four terms, he was the only African American in Congress.

In 1937, Mitchell purchased first-class railroad accommodations from Chicago to Hot Springs, Arkansas. When the train crossed into Arkansas, the conductor told Mitchell to move to the “colored” car. Mitchell refused. The conductor cursed at him, used racial slurs and threatened him with arrest. Mitchell finally complied and found the “colored” car to be filthy, foul-smelling and poorly ventilated, with only one of the three toilets still working. It was also used as the smoking car for both Blacks and whites.

When Mitchell returned to Chicago, he filed suit against the railroads for discrimination, which violated the Interstate Commerce Act. After multiple courts rejected the case, it made its way to the Supreme Court, where Mitchell argued the case himself. On April 28, 1941, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in his favor, confirming that the Interstate Commerce Act superseded state segregation laws and could enforce equal accommodations for African Americans.

Although segregation on interstate trains did not end until 1955, Mitchell called his case a “step in the destruction of Mr. Jim Crow himself.”

Although Mitchell’s victory was a big win for civil rights, his crusade against racial injustice angered the white political establishment in Chicago that had helped him into office. He knew he could not keep his seat without their support, so he did not seek re-election in 1942. He retired to Virginia and worked as a farmer and activist until his death in 1968.

1941 St. Louis Cardinals Statistics

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