What Happened in 1942 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 644

  • May 3 Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star
  • May 4 Battle of Coral Sea begins in the Pacific (1st sea battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • May 4 Food 1st rationed in US
  • May 4 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
  • May 5 British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
  • May 5 US begins rationing sugar during WW II
  • May 6 Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
  • May 7 Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion
  • May 7 Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed
  • May 8 Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
  • May 8 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
  • May 8 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • May 9 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
  • May 10 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
  • May 11 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • May 12 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • May 12 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
  • May 12 Russia occupies Crackow, until Aug 23, 1943
  • May 13 Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight
  • May 13 Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game
  • May 14 US Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) forms
  • May 15 Gasoline 1st rationed in US (17 Eastern States)
  • May 15 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands arrest 2,000 Dutch officers
  • May 16 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Dutch SS vows loyalty to Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • May 19 Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner)
  • May 20 US Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve
  • May 21 Convoy PQ16 departs Great Britain for Russia
  • May 22 Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan
  • May 22 The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • May 26 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
  • May 26 Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star
  • May 26 Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: Afrika Korps vs British army
  • May 27 Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor
  • May 27 Hitler orders 10,000 Czechs murdered
  • May 27 Italian army begin siege of French western Fort Bir Hachim
  • May 27 Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi "Deputy Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia" is shot & mortally wounded in Prague in in Operation Anthropoid
  • May 28 1,800 Czechs murdered by Nazis during attack on Heydrich

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 29 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", greatest selling record to date

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • May 30 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF's raid of WW II
  • May 30 Reichsfuehrer Herman Himmler arrives in Prague
  • May 30 Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1
  • May 30 US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor

Sport awardGolf Major

May 31 25th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City NJ

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • May 31 Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jun 4 Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II
  • Jun 4 Capitol Record Co opens for business
  • Jun 4 "Mrs Miniver" based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture 1943)
  • Jun 5 British offensive in North Africa under General Ritchie
  • Jun 5 Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54
  • Jun 5 USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania
  • Jun 6 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
  • Jun 6 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 6 Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
  • Jun 6 Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians
  • Jun 7 USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jun 7 Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Jun 7 Germany Armys march into Sebastopol
  • Jun 7 Japanese troops lands on Attu, Aleutian Islands
  • Jun 8 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"
  • Jun 9 Adipatie Ario Soejono becomes minister in Gerbrandy government
  • Jun 9 German-Neth press reports, 3 million Dutch sent to East-Europe
  • Jun 9 Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice, which had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi controller of Bohemia and Moravia, and Hitler’s order was given to “teach the Czechs a final lesson of subservience and humility”.
  • Jun 11 German army defeated at El-Alamein North Africa
  • Jun 11 US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • Jun 12 Hitler orders enslavement of Slavic peoples
  • Jun 12 Tornado kills 35 in Oklahoma City
  • Jun 13 1st V-2 rocket launch, Peenemunde, Germany; reached 1.3 km

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 FDR creates Office of War with Elmer Davis as head

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jun 13 Germany puts 4 saboteurs on Long Island
  • Jun 13 US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) formed
  • Jun 13 The United States opens its Office of War Information.
  • Jun 14 1st bazooka rocket gun produced Bridgeport Ct
  • Jun 14 Anne Frank begins her diary
  • Jun 14 French government of Reynaud resigns
  • Jun 14 Walt Disney's animated movie "Bambi", based on the book by Felix Salten, is released
  • Jun 18 Bernard W Robinson, becomes 1st black ensign in US Navy
  • Jun 18 Eric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
  • Jun 19 Paul Waner is 7th to get 3,000 baseball hits
  • Jun 20 Adolf Eichmann proclaims deportation of Dutch Jews
  • Jun 20 German troops conquer Tobruk, North Africa
  • Jun 21 129°F (54°C), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record)
  • Jun 21 President Roosevelt/premier Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Rommel takes Tobruk in North Africa

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Jun 21 Seinheuer throws female world record spear (47.24m)
  • Jun 22 Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon
  • Jun 22 Jewish Brigade attached by British Army in WW II, forms
  • Jun 23 World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
  • Jun 24 US Admiral Ernest King orders Tulagi (Solomon Island) reconquered
  • Jun 24 Africa Korps invades Egypt
  • Jun 25 British RAF staged a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WW II)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jun 26 German assault on British at Mersa Matruh

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 795

  • Mar 27 Michael Jackson, English writer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 Neil Kinnock, Tredegar, Wales, leader of the British opposition (Labour Party)
  • Mar 28 Samuel Ramey, Colby Kansas, American operatic bass (La Scala)
  • Mar 28 Daniel Dennett, American philosopher
  • Mar 28 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (d. 1998)
  • Mar 29 Larry Pressler, (Sen-R-SD, 1979- )
  • Mar 30 George Esson, Chief Constable (Dumfries & Galloway)
  • Mar 30 Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • Mar 31 Michael Savage, American talk radio host and commentator
  • Mar 31 Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician
  • Apr 1 Alan Blakley, rocker (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • Apr 1 Danny Brooks, rocker (Dovells)
  • Apr 1 Phil Margo, Bkln, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • Apr 1 Samuel R[ay] Delany Jr, US, sci-fi author (Towers of Toron, Neveryona)
  • Apr 2 Graham Bright, British politician private secretary to British PM John Major
  • Apr 2 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef
  • Apr 2 Roshan Seth, Indian actor
  • Apr 3 Billy Joe Royal, country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 Marsha Mason, actress (Blume in Love, Cinderella Liberty), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 3 Michael Elliott, US, skier (Olympics-1968)
  • Apr 3 Rick Sylvester, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • Apr 3 Wayne Newton, American singer
  • Apr 3 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (d. 2005)
  • Apr 4 Kitty Kelley, author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra)
  • Apr 4 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 5 Allan Clarke, rock vocalist (Hollies-Air That I Breathe)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Barrett, cricketer (WI leggie early 70's)
  • Apr 5 Peter Greenaway, Welsh film director
  • Apr 6 Barry Levinson, director (Rainman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 6 Phil Austin, comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • Apr 7 Edda Barends, actress (Arthur & Eva)
  • Apr 7 Jeetendra, Indian actor
  • Apr 8 Douglas Trumbull, director (Silent Running, Brainstorm)
  • Apr 8 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
  • Apr 8 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • Apr 9 Brandon De Wilde, American actor (Jamie, Wild in the Sky), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 9 Earl F Hillard, (Rep-D-Alabama)
  • Apr 10 Ian Callaghan, English footballer
  • Apr 10 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1998)
  • Apr 11 Anatoly Nikolayevich Berezovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-5)
  • Apr 12 Bill Bryden, theatre director
  • Apr 12 Daniel Winslow Schmidt, composer
  • Apr 12 Frank Bank, actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 12 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver and politician
  • Apr 13 Bill Conti, Providence RI, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV)
  • Apr 13 Ataol Behramoglu Turkish poet and writer.
  • Apr 14 Valentin Vitaliyevich Lebedev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 35, T-5)
  • Apr 14 Björn Rosengren, Swedish politician
  • Apr 15 Walter Raphael Hazzard, basketball (Olympic-gold-1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 15 Francis X. DiLorenzo, American Catholic prelate
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
  • Apr 16 Jim Lonborg, American baseball player
  • Apr 17 Mario Brenta, writer/director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains)
  • Apr 17 David Bradley, British actor
  • Apr 18 Dick K J Tommel, chemist/(D66) Dutch Asst Sec of State (1994- )
  • Apr 18 Jochen Rindt, German race car driver
  • Apr 18 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player
  • Apr 19 Alan Price, England, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • Apr 19 Bas Jan Ader, Dutch artist (disappeared 1975).
  • Apr 19 Jack Roush, American racing entrepreneur
  • Apr 21 Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing)
  • Apr 22 Denis Lill, New Zealand-born British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Apr 23 Sandra Dee, [Zuck], actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), born in Bayonne, New Jersey

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Barbra Streisand, American singer/actress/award winner (People), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 24 Richard M Daley, (mayor-D-Chicago)
  • Apr 24 Valeri Abramovich Voloshin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 25 John Martin Dalby, composer
  • Apr 25 Jon Kyl, Oakland, Nebraska, US Senator (Rep-R-Arizona)
  • Apr 26 Bobby Rydell, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 26 Claudine Auger, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 26 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Apr 26 Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat
  • Apr 27 Gordon Roddick, English cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop)
  • Apr 27 Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6, TM-18)
  • Apr 28 Ghislaine Hermanez, architect
  • Apr 28 Mike Brearley, cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81)
  • Apr 29 Galina A Kulakova, USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972)
  • Apr 29 Klaus Voorman, rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • May 1 Stephen Macht, actor (Joe-Knots Landing, Cagney & Lacey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 2 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president
  • May 3 Lynn Farleigh, Bristol England, actress (Lovers of Their Time)
  • May 3 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), born in Prague (d. 2016)
  • May 3 Dave Marash, American journalist
  • May 3 C.L. Otter, American politician, governor of Idaho
  • May 4 Ronnie Bond, drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)
  • May 5 Amy Hill, actress (Grandma-Seinfeld, Pauly Shore)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • May 5 Marc Alaimo, American actor
  • May 6 Colin Earl, British musician (Mungo Jerry)
  • May 6 Rin Kaiho, professional Go player
  • May 8 Angel Cordero Jr, Santurce PR, jockey (Seattle Slew) [or Nov 8]
  • May 8 Euclid "Motorhead" Sherwood, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • May 8 Norman Lamont, MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
  • May 8 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • May 8 Ruth Holland, journalist
  • May 8 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • May 9 John D Ashcroft, (Gov-MO)
  • May 9 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • May 9 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 10 Bill Coday, US singer (You're Gonna Then Me)

Famous Weddings

  • Please go to a prior page.

Famous Divorces

  • Please go to a prior page.

Famous Deaths

  • Please go to a prior page.