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1940

1941

history - World War II - attack on Pearl Harbor - German Afrika-Korps (Erwin Rommel) in Africa - German troops enter the Balkans and Soviet Union - Adolf Hitler ordered the Final Solution of the Jewish question and the systematic euthanasia of the mentally ill and handicapped - The United States, United Kingdom, China and The Netherlands officially declare war on the Empire of Japan - Germany and Italy declare war on the United States

culture - first FM radio station (Nashville TN) - Bertold Brecht: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder - James Joyce (†), Virginia Woolfe (†) - Orson Wells: Citizen Kane - first programmable, fully automatic computer Z3 (Konrad Zuse), Berlin

music - Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem - first broadcast of King Biscuit Time on KFFA - Peetie Wheatstraw (†)

first released recordings - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Robert Lockwood, (Muddy Waters), Anita O'Day (with Gene Krupa and his Orchestra)

released songs - Duke Ellington: Take the A-Train - Billie Holliday: God Bless the Child - Glenn Miller: Chattanooga Choo Choo

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