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Joe the Hero

In 1941, Joe the Hero made his big speech. To read about him >>

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January 18
FDR asks Congress for a plan to arm the Allies.

April 28
The Supreme Court rules that blacks can ride first-class on trains.

June 16
Japanese tanker blocked from selling 252,000 gallons of U.S. oil to Japan.

June 30
Nazis invade Russia.

May 23
Joe Louis, the boxer they call "The Brown Bomber," wins his 17th title in a row.

October 10
After the army seizes an L.A. plane factory that's on strike, Henry Ford agrees to recognize the United Auto Workers.

December 7
The American fleet at Pearl Harbor is bombed in a surprise attack by Japanese warplanes.

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Joe the hero's big speech

Jane the hero's last stand

Movies in 1941
Orson Welles depicts the sad life of news tycoon William R. Hearst -- or is it his own? -- in Citizen Kane.

In Sergeant York, Jimmy Cagney plays a Christian World War I hero who at first can't decide whether war is right.

Women in Defense, written by Eleanor Roosevelt, is a documentary about how women can help the war effort.

Books in 1941
F. Scott Fitzgerald writes The Last Tycoon.

Music in 1941
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra appear in the movie Sunset Serenade Broadcast.