Events occurring on Tuesday, January 7, 1941  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The Italian submarine Nani attacked a convoy west of North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland and was sunk by the corvette HMS Anemone (K 48), commanded by Lt. Commander Humphry G. Boys-Smith off the Faeroe Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean.  
  The Attack on Pearl Harbor  
  Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto presented his ideas for a war with the United States in a memorandum titled Gumbi ni kansuru shiken ("Views on Preparations for War") to the Navy Minister, Oikawa Koshiro. Yamamoto argued that the navy needed to greatly expand its air forces and that the wait and react strategy always ended in failure during exercises. Furthermore he felt that the power of aircraft and submarines made it unlikely that a decisive gun battle would ever take place and the navy needed better training for the numerous smaller engagements that would most likely occur. Most significantly he proposed a crippling first blow at America's main battle force in the first few hours of the war. Factors dictated that this could best be accomplished by an air attack by several carrier divisions on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.  
  Canada in WW2  
  In a split decision, a Special Committee of the Cabinet War Committee recommended that Japanese Canadians not be allowed to volunteer for the armed services on the grounds that there is strong public opinion against them.  
  Events in the United Kingdom  
  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told his Chiefs of Staff, via General Hastings "Pug" Ismay, that the “speedy destruction of the Italian Armed Forces in North East Africa must be our prime overseas objective in the opening months of 1941.”  
  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent a survey to Chiefs of Staff Committee to examine the likely developments in Libya, East Africa, Spain, North Africa, and the Balkans: “The attitude of Yugoslavia may well be determined by the support we give to Greece … But the defence of Britain came first: the task of preventing Invasion, of feeding the Island, and of speeding our armament production must in no way be compromised for the sake of any other objective whatsoever.”  
  Events in the United States  
  Following up on statements made during his State of the Union address the previous day, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8629 on the Office of Production Management and the Office for Emergency Management. The order established the Office of Production Management within the Office for Emergency Management in order to "Formulate and execute in the public interest all measures needful and appropriate in order to (1) increase, accelerate, and regulate the production and supply of materials, articles and equipment and the provision of emergency plant facilities and services required for the national defense, and (2) to insure effective coordination of those activities of the several departments, corporations, and other agencies of the Government which are directly concerned therewith." The Council for this new organization is comprised of industrialist William S. Knudsen, labor leader Sidney Hillman, U.S. Secretary of the Navy William "Frank" Knox, and U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. Read the text of the order.  
  January 1941 Calendar  
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