What Happened in March 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st 3 day Battle of Java Sea ends, US suffers a major naval defeat
  • 1st Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough
  • 1st J Milton Cage Jr's "Imaginary Landscape No 3" premieres in Chicago
  • 1st Japanese troops occupy Kalidjati airport in Java
  • 1st Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews
  • 1st Tito establishes 2nd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2nd 14th Academy Awards: "How Green was My Valley", Gary Cooper & Joan Fontaine win

Actress Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
  • 2nd Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
  • 3rd 1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber
  • 5th Bosnia Tito establishes 3rd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
  • 5th Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in Siberia
  • 5th Japanese troop march into Batavia
  • 7th 15 Mk-VB Spitfires reach Malta
  • 7th 1st cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee
  • 8th Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma
  • 8th KNIL, Dutch colonial army on Java, surrenders to Japanese armies
  • 9th Construction of the Alaska Highway began
  • 11th 1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschwitz Concentration Camp

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11th Gen MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 11th Japanese troop land on North Sumatra
  • 12th British troops vacate the Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal
  • 13th Julia Flikke, Nurse Corps, becomes 1st woman colonel in US army
  • 17th Bełżec Concentration Camp opens with the transport of 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews
  • 17th Gen Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander
  • 18th Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters

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18th 2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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19th FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non-military duty

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 19th Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago
  • 20th Convoy PQ13 departs Reykjavik Iceland to Russia
  • 20th Gen MacArthur vows, "I shall return"
  • 20th Major German assault on Malta
  • 20th Beginning of a period of heavy German air assault on Malta
  • 21st Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk
  • 23rd 2,500 Jews of Lublin massacred or deported
  • 23rd Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean
  • 23rd US move native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers
  • 25th 1st 700 Jews from Polish Lvov district reach the Bełżec Concentration camp
  • 26th First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps
  • 26th Explosion of 20 tons of gelignite in a stone quarry at Easton, Pa, kills 21

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26th German offensive in North Africa under General Erwin Rommel

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 27th -28] Allies raid German submarine base in St Nazaire
  • 27th Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

27th Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 28th -29] 234 RAF bombers attack Lubeck
  • 28th 4th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38
  • 28th British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire
  • 29th British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
  • 29th British destroyer HMS Campbeltown explodes in St Nazaire: 400 Germans die
  • 29th German submarine U-585 sinks
  • 29th The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
  • 30th 1st RSHA-transport from France arrives in camp Birkenau
  • 30th SS murders 200 inmates of Trawniki labor camp

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Jerry Fischer, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1st Peter Guber, producer (Flashdance)
  • 1st Richard Bowman Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 2nd John Irving, NH, short-story writer (World According to Garp)
  • 2nd Lou Reed, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Velvet Underground), born in New York City (d. 2013)
  • 2nd Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist
  • 2nd Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.
  • 3rd Mike Pender, vocalist/guitarist (Searchers-Needles & Pins), born in Liverpool, England
  • 3rd Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 29/31, T-4)
  • 4th Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • 5th Michael D[iamond] Resnick, sci-fi author (Sideshow, Eros Ascending)
  • 5th Felipe González, Prime Minister of Spain 1982-96), born in Seville
  • 6th Ben Murphy, Jonesboro, Arkansas, American actor (Name of the Game, Alias Smith and Jones)
  • 7th Al[bert] Tanara, WLAF defensive coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 7th Michael Eisner, Mt Kisko NY, CEO (Walt Disney)
  • 7th Paul Preuss, US, sci-fi author (Medusa Encounter, Starfire)
  • 7th Tammy Faye Bakker, gospel singer/wife of Jim Baker (PTL)
  • 7th Tommy F Robinson, (Rep-D-AR, 1985- )
  • 7th U N Kulkarni, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in four Tests 1967-68)
  • 7th Charles R. Boutin, American politician
  • 8th Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Oly-gold-1964)
  • 8th Ralph Ellis, England, rhythm (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 8th [Dick] Richie Allen, baseball player (AL MVP 1972)
  • 9th Bert Campaneris, shortstop (Oakland A's)
  • 9th John Cale, Garnant, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground)
  • 9th Mark Lindsay, Eugene Or, rock vocalist/sax (Paul Revers & Raiders)
  • 11th Peter Eyre, actor (Hedda)
  • 11th Charles Swan, American actor
  • 12th Bert Campaneris, baseball player (Oakland A's)
  • 12th Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • 12th Salvatore "the Bull" Gravano, mobster (testified against Gotti)
  • 12th Ratko Mladić, Republika Srpska leader
  • 12th Jimmy Wynn, American baseball player, 1963-1977
  • 13th Dave Cutler, American software engineer
  • 14th John Whittaker, English real estate developer (Peel Holdings)
  • 14th Rita Tushingham, British actress
  • 15th Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 16th Jerry Jeff Walker, Oneonta NY, country singer (Mr Bojangles)
  • 16th James Soong, Taiwanese politician
  • 16th Roger Crozier, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

17th John Wayne Gacy, serial killer (32 boys), born in Chicago, Illinois

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 17th Sidney K Barthelmy, US politician(?)
  • 17th Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 18th Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 19th David Minge, (Rep-D-Minnesota)
  • 19th Jeff Neighbour, US bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 19th Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • 22nd Jon Arthur English, composer
  • 22nd Bernd Herzsprung, German actor
  • 22nd Dick Pound, Canadian chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • 23rd Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (d. 1980)
  • 25th Aretha Franklin, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 25th Jacqueline Lichtenberg, US, sci-fi author (Star Trek Lives!, Dreamspy)
  • 25th Paul Michael Glaser, actor (Starsky-Starsky & Hutch), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 25th Richard O'Brien, English actor and writer (Rocky Horror Show)
  • 25th Kim Woodburn, English television personality
  • 26th Erica Jong, [Mann], author (Fear of Flying), born in NYC, New York
  • 27th Michael York, England, actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers)
  • 27th Raymond J McGrath, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
  • 27th John E. Sulston, British chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 27th Michael Jackson, English writer (d. 2007)
  • 28th Neil Kinnock, Tredegar, Wales, leader of the British opposition (Labour Party)
  • 28th Samuel Ramey, Colby Kansas, American operatic bass (La Scala)
  • 28th Daniel Dennett, American philosopher
  • 28th Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (d. 1998)
  • 29th Larry Pressler, (Sen-R-SD, 1979- )
  • 30th George Esson, Chief Constable (Dumfries & Galloway)
  • 30th Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • 31st Michael Savage, American talk radio host and commentator
  • 31st Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

26th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi (25) weds politician and journalist Feroze Gandhi (29) at Anand Bhavan

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi

Famous Deaths

  • 1st George S. Rentz, Navy Chaplain (b. 1882)
  • 3rd Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, viceroy (Ethiopia), dies at 43
  • 4th Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • 8th Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53
  • 10th William Henry Bragg, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • 12th Enrique Morera, composer, dies at 76
  • 12th Robert Bosch, German industrialist (b. 1861)
  • 15th Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70
  • 19th Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist (b. 1855)
  • 20th Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • 26th Jimmy Burke, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 28th Herman A van Karnebeek, Dutch foreign minister (1918-27), dies at 67
  • 28th Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), dies at 31
  • 30th Alfred Coville, French historian (Lesson premier Valois), dies at 81