What Happened in 1942

Significant Events

  • Jan 2 World War II: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals
  • 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
  • Aug 9 Mahatma Gandhi & 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" campaign by the All-India Congress
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Did You Know?

Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").

On January 6, 1942


World Leaders in 1942

Famous People in 1942

Would You Believe?

Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days arift after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat and he is the sole survivor

On November 23, 1942

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 21 Actress Mae West (48) divorces vaudeville performer Frank Wallace after 31 years of marriage
  • Oct 2 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) divorces Alpha Smith after 4 years of marriage
  • Dec 15 Actress Mary Astor (36) divorces film editor Manuel del Campo (29) after more than 4 years of marriage
  • Dec 28 Actress Janet Leigh (14) divorces childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) 4 months after getting married
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