What Happened on May 4, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Coral Sea begins in the Pacific (1st sea battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • Food 1st rationed in US
  • German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)

Famous Birthdays

  • Ronnie Bond, drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)