What Happened in January 1942

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 US & 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis
  • Jan 1 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • Jan 1 8th Sugar Bowl: #6 Fordham beats #7 Missouri, 2-0
  • Jan 1 8th Orange Bowl: #14 Georgia beats TCU, 40-26
  • Jan 2 World War II: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals
  • Jan 2 German troops in Bardia surrender
  • Jan 2 Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines
  • Jan 2 The United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Jan 3 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
  • Jan 4 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24
  • Jan 4 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida
  • Jan 4 Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame
  • Jan 5 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
  • Jan 6 Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
  • Jan 6 Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
  • Jan 7 WW II siege of Bataan starts
  • Jan 8 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 9 Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jan 9 US Joint Chiefs of Staff created
  • Jan 10 Japan invades North Celebes, Dutch East Indies
  • Jan 11 -23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record)
  • Jan 11 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • Jan 12 British troops reconquer Sollum
  • Jan 12 Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender
  • Jan 12 National War Labor Board created
  • Jan 13 Allied Conference on war trials
  • Jan 13 German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast

1stHistoric Invention

Jan 13 Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Jan 13 Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration
  • Jan 13 World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • Jan 14 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo
  • Jan 15 Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II

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Jan 15 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 16 William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army
  • Jan 18 Nazis arrest Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman
  • Jan 19 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • Jan 19 Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers
  • Jan 20 Japanese invade Burma
  • Jan 20 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews
  • Jan 21 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal
  • Jan 21 Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump"
  • Jan 21 Tito's partisans occupy Foca
  • Jan 22 Sietze de Groot wins 8th Dutch 11 city skate (8:44:06)
  • Jan 23 Battle of Rabaul - Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • Jan 23 Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain
  • Jan 23 Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army
  • Jan 24 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Lt General Rommels African corps reaches Msus

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Jan 26 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • Jan 26 Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
  • Jan 27 -19°F (-27.4°C), Netherland's coldest day since 1850
  • Jan 28 Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine
  • Jan 28 German troops occupy Benghazi Libya
  • Jan 28 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • Jan 29 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC radio
  • Jan 29 German & Italian troops occupy Benghazi, Libya
  • Jan 29 Peru & Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determiniation)
  • Jan 30 Japanese troops land on Ambon

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • Jan 1 Gennadi Vassilyevich Sarafanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • Jan 1 George Couroupos, composer
  • Jan 1 Martin Frost, (Rep-D-TX, 1971- )
  • Jan 1 Alassane Ouattara, Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
  • Jan 1 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • Jan 2 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jan 3 John Thaw, British actor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 3 John Marsden, Australian lawyer, gay activist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 4 John McLaughlin, rock guitarist (Sentimental Journey/Clouds of Joy)
  • Jan 5 Charlie Rose, Henderson NC, newscaster (CBS Night Watch)
  • Jan 5 Cliff Potts, actor (Ted-Lou Grant), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 5 Maurizio Pollini, pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 5 Jan Leeming, English television presenter and newsreader
  • Jan 5 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 7 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic-gold-72, 76)
  • Jan 8 John Peterson, American drummer the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), born in Oxford, England

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Jan 8 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • Jan 8 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
  • Jan 8 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 K Callan, actress (Joe's World, Martha-Lois & Clark), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 9 Lee Kun-hee, Korean industrialist, chairman of Samsung
  • Jan 10 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Petrushenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 10 Jack Regan, broadcaster
  • Jan 10 Jim Croce, rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle) (d. 1973), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Walter Hill, director (48 Hours, Extreme Prejudice)
  • Jan 11 Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E St Band)
  • Jan 12 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup)
  • Jan 12 Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the radical leftist organization Weather Underground
  • Jan 14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician
  • Jan 14 Carol Bellamy, Planfield NJ, (City Council Pres-D- 1978-85), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 14 Ian Brayshaw, Australian cricketer and footballer
  • Jan 14 Dave Campbell, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, US singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye)
  • Jan 16 Barbara Lynn, US singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing),
  • Jan 16 Bill Francis Mobile Al, rocker (Dr Hook)
  • Jan 16 Tony P Hall, (Rep-D-OH, 1979- )
  • Jan 16 William Francis, rocker
  • Jan 16 René Angélil, Canadian music executive

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 17 Randy Boone, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Jan 17 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
  • Jan 17 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
  • Jan 17 Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
  • Jan 19 Michael Crawford, England, Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Jan 19 Shelley Fabares, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 20 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Jan 21 Edwin Starr, [Charles Hatcher], US singer (War)
  • Jan 21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Jan 22 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 23 Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, cosmonaut
  • Jan 23 Laurie Mayne, cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70)
  • Jan 23 Willy Bogner Jr, Munich, director (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
  • Jan 23 Razzak, Bangladeshi actor and director
  • Jan 24 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (d. 2008)
  • Jan 25 Carl Eller, American football player
  • Jan 26 Nigel Walmsley, chairman (Carlton UK Television)
  • Jan 26 William McLennan, CEO (Central Statistical Office)
  • Jan 26 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (d. 2001)
  • Jan 27 Petr Kotik, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Jan 27 John Witherspoon, American actor
  • Jan 29 Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez, Cuba, cosmonaut (Soyuz 38)
  • Jan 29 Claudine Longet, France, former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • Jan 29 F R Hartley, Vice-Chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • Jan 29 Richard Needham, British MP
  • Jan 29 Robin Morgan, Lake Worth Fla, actress (Dagmar-Mama)
  • Jan 30 Andres, [Dries Holten], Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres)
  • Jan 30 Christopher Howes, Crown Estate Second Commissioner
  • Jan 30 Dave Brown, cricketer (Warwicks pace bowler, played 26X for England)
  • Jan 30 Marty Balin, singer (Jefferson Starship-Miracles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 31 Derek Jarman, actor/director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
  • Jan 31 Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
  • Jan 31 Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Actress Ava Gardner (19) weds actor Mickey Rooney (21) in Ballard, California

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Novelist Anthony Burgess (25) weds Llewela Jones

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Jaroslav Jezek, composer, dies at 35
  • Jan 3 Pauline Beersmans, [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress, dies at 70
  • Jan 4 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • Jan 6 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • Jan 7 Henry, Count of Baillet-Latour, President of IOC (1925-42), dies at 63
  • Jan 8 Arvo Hannikainen, composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 8 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • Jan 12 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • Jan 14 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian writer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58
  • Jan 16 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Jan 17 Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 17 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
  • Jan 21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Reimond Tollenaere, leader Flemishch National Front, dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Walter Richard Sickert, British painter (Free House!), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death). dies at 30
  • Jan 25 Eugene Samuel-Holeman, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 26 Gerard L F Philips, Dutch manufacturer (Philips), dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)
  • Jan 28 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 29 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • Jan 31 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (b. 1917)