Friends of DeRidder Army Air Base
Beauregard Regional Airport (KDRI)
1220 1st Ave,  DeRidder, Louisiana 70634
337 463 8250                                                    
1941.....75 years ago at a glance.....

Jan 6      Four Freedoms.
                    
In his message to Congress proposing lend-lease legislation, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
                     stated that Four Freedoms should prevail everywhere in the world—freedom of speech and
                     expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Jan 10    Camp Polk established

Jan 23    Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center

Feb 4      United Service Organization (USO) founded

Feb 20    1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland

Feb 23    Plutonium first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

Mar 1      Captain America appears in comic book form, published by Timely Comics

Mar 11    Congress passes the Lend- Lease Act..
 
                   an arrangement for the transfer of war supplies, including food, machinery and services,
                    to nations whose defense was considered vital to the defense of the United States in WWII

Apr 17    US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)

Apr 26    A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

May 1    General Mills introduces Cheerios

May 6    Bob Hope performs first USO show

Jun 25   FDR issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination

Jul 1      1st commercial TV licenses granted to NBC & CBS

Jul 19    1st US Army flying school for black cadets dedicated (Tuskegee Ala)

Aug 1    1st Jeep is produced

Aug 14  US and Britain form the Atlantic Charter

Sep 11  Construction of the Pentagon begins (completed 15 Jan 1943)

Sept 15-28   1941 Louisiana Maneuvers

Oct 31   Mount Rushmore Monument completed

Nov 12  Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft,
              made 1st test flight for the Piper Aircraft

Nov 27  DeRidder USO (1st to be built)

Dec 7    Attack on Pearl Harbor
                    
Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii,
                     killing 2403 people

Dec 1    Civil Air Patrol (CAP) created

Dec 8    US declares War against the Nipponese Empire

Dec 10  Germany and Italy declare War on US

Dec 14  1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14

Dec 20  1st battle of the American Volunteer Group, the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China

Dec 25  DeRidder Army Air Base activated