Events occurring on Friday, August 1, 1941  
  U.S. & Japanese Relations Before Pearl Harbor  
  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced an embargo on the export of oil and aviation fuel from the United States except to Britain, the British Commonwealth countries, and countries of the Western Hemisphere. This action was aimed at Japan.  
   
  Events in Southeast Asia  
  The Japanese began to occupy Saigon in French Indochina. Read the statement by the Japanese government explaining their reasoning for this action.  
   
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  Naval Air Station, Midway Island was established with Commander Cyril T. Simard in command.  
   
  Weapons Advancement  
  The first mass-produced Jeep rolled off an assembly line at the Willy's Overland factory in Toledo, Ohio. Almost 700,000 vehicles would be made by Willy and Ford by the end of the war.  
   
  In Other News  
  The transport USS West Point (AP 23) arrived at New York with the American and Chinese consular staffs from Germany, German-occupied countries, and Italy. The USS West Point had departed Lisbon, Portugal on July 26.  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The submarine USS Marlin (SS 205) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. George A. Sharp, Jr.  
     
   
  August 1941 Calendar  
   
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