- Jan 2 World War II: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals
- Jan 6 Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
- Jan 20 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews
- Feb 13 Hitler's Operation Sealion, the invasion of England, is cancelled
- Feb 19 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
- Mar 17 Bełżec Concentration Camp opens with the transport of 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews
- Mar 26 First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps
- Jun 12 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam
- Jul 22 Warsaw Ghetto Jews (300,000) are sent to Treblinka Extermination Camp
- Aug 4 1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz
Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
On February 10, 1942