From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
1941 (MCMXLI) was the 941st year of the 2nd millennium, the 41st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1940s decade.
- Jews throughout Western Europe are forced into ghettos.
- Jews may not leave their houses without permission form the police.
- Jews may no longer use public telephones.
Art and culture
- Thomas the Obscure
- Madame Edwarda
- The Garden of Forking Paths
- Masochism in Modern Man by Theodor Reik
- The Aerodrome: A Love Story by Rex Warner
- Recorded music broadcasting on American radio
- Symphony No. 7 by Shostakovich (about Nazi invasion of Russia)
- John Cage and Lou Harrison: Double Music (first collaborative musical composition)
- "Vous avez un beau chapeau Madame"
- "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
- January 8 - Boris Vallejo, Peruvian painter
- January 9 – Joan Baez, American singer, songwriter and activist
- January 14 - Faye Dunaway, American actress
- January 18 - Bobby Goldsboro, American pop and country singer-songwriter
- February 5 – Barrett Strong, American soul singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2023)
- February 11 – Sérgio Mendes, Brazilian jazz musician
- February 20 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer
- March 22 – Bruno Ganz, Swiss actor (d. 2019)
- April 8 - Vivienne Westwood, English fashion designer (d. 2022)
- April 5 – Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor
- April 25 - Bertrand Tavernier, French director, screenwriter, actor and producer
- May 5 – Stanley Cowell, American jazz pianist, co-founder of Strata-East Records (d. 2020)
- May 24 – Bob Dylan, American songwriter and musician
- June 8 - Fuzzy Haskins, American musician (d. 2023)
- June 15 - Essy Persson, Swedish actress
- July 15 - Larry Cohen, American film director and screenwriter (d. 2019)
- June 24 - Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher and writer
- June 27 - Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (d. 1996)
- July 16 - Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer and songwriter (d. 2006)
- July 16 – Lamont Dozier, American songwriter and producer (d. 2022)
- July 22 - George Clinton, African-American musician
- August 15 - Laura Mulvey, British film theorist
- August 26 - Barbet Schroeder, Swiss film director
- August 27 - Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean singer (d. 2011)
- October 4 - Anne Rice, American writer (d. 2021)
- November 20 – Dr. John, American singer and songwriter (d. 2019)
- November 28 – Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (d. 2015)
- December 23 - Tim Hardin, American folk musician (d. 1980)
- James Joyce (1882 - 1941)
- Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)
- Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)
- Walter Ruttmann (1887 - 1941)
- Sherwood Anderson (1876 – 1941)