1941

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January 19, 2022

Events

January

January 1 - The densely populated communities of Toejoki and Uudenkoivisto were abolished and their areas were transferred from the rural area of ​​Pori to the city of Pori. January 3 - The President of the Republic, Risto Ryti, appoints the Board of Governors of the Bank of Finland, Jukka Rangell. January 11 - Norwegian leader Vidkun Quisling calls for help from German occupation forces to quell opposition forces. January 17 - In Finland, the management of general labor responsibilities was transferred from the Ministry of Public Welfare to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. January 19 - British and Australian troops attack Italian forces in Eritrea. January 19 - The film The Waltz by Kulkuri, directed by Toivo Särkä and written by Mika Waltar, premiered. The main parts of the film were Ansa Ikonen and Tauno Palo and it was watched by more than a million Finns. The previous film, which had reached similar audiences, had been Risto Orko 's Siltala Pehtoori in 1934, and it was not surpassed by Edvin Laine' s Unknown Soldier in 1955. January 21 - British and Australians attack Tobruk in Libya. January 21 - Fascist Iron Guard attempts coup in Romania. January 23 - Charles Lindbergh speaks in front of the U.S. Congress and recommends staying neutral in the war. January 29 - The Finnish-Soviet Society for Peace and Friendship (SNS) ceases to exist.

February

February 1 - Arno Anthoni, a deputy judge known for his anti-Germanism, is appointed Chief of the State Police. February 1 - The first sales tax law enters into force in Finland. February 3 - Pierre Laval is promoted to Vichy's French leadership. February 6 - Finnish Ambassador to Moscow J. K. Paasikivi proposed to extradite Petsamo to the Soviet Union for compensation from elsewhere. The Soviet Union demanded a nickel mine in Petsamo. February 10 - Marshal Mannerheim requested release from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defense Forces because he considered that concessions to the Soviet Union would jeopardize Finland's defense capabilities. After talking to President Risto Rytti, Mannerheim withdrew his petition the next day. February 10 - The United Kingdom invites its ambassador home from Bucharest, the capital of Romania. February 11 - Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli. February 15 - Wood gasifiers became mandatory in Finland in all motor vehicles except diplomatic and emergency vehicles. February 18 - Colonel Erich Buschenhagen, Chief of Staff of the German forces in Norway, arrives in Finland for a two-week visit. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for anti-Soviet operations in Finland and to explore the possibilities of military co-operation with Finns. Buschenhagen met with Marshal Mannerheim, Major General Aksel Airo and Major General Hjalmar Siilasvuo, among others. February 22 - Adolf Hitler approves the admission of 750 Finns to the SS. February 23 - The Soviet Union sets a deadline for organizing the mining of Petsamo as required. Finland did not agree to the demands and the Soviet ambassador to Helsinki, Ivan Zotov, left Helsinki.

March

March 1 - Bulgaria joins the Axis powers. March 1 - The first FM radio station, the W47NV, launches in Nashville, Tennessee. March 1 - The first part of Adolf Hitler's work My Battle was published in Finland by Finnish linguist Lauri Hirvensalo and published by WSOY. March 11 - Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act, which allows the sale of U.S.-made munitions to the Allies. March 12 - Finnish Foreign Minister Rolf Witting approves the recruitment of Finnish soldiers into the German SS. March 20 - Ministry of Welfare

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