Historical Events for April 1942

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Events 1 - 33 of 33

1st - Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang Timor
1st - Mexico changes from 3 time zones to 2
2nd - USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco
8th - Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC
9th - Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
10th - Cigarettes & candy rationed in Holland
11th - Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized
12th - 9th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280
12th - Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
14th - Destroyer Roper sinks German U-85 of US east coast
15th - George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
16th - Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship
17th - 12 Lancasters bomb MAN factory in Augsburg
17th - Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
17th - POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.
18th - "Stars & Stripes" paper for US armed forces starts
18th - James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities
18th - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
Aviation Pioneer Jimmy DoolittleAviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle 19th - 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2
20th - German occupiers forbids Dutch access to their beach
23rd - 4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins
23rd - 1st night Exeter bombed by German Luftwaffe
24th - 2nd night Exeter bombed by German Luftwaffe
25th - Beginning of a 3 night bombing blitz on Bath by German Luftwaffe - 417 killed
26th - Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria
27th - Belgian Jews are forced to wear stars
27th - Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100, injuring 300
28th - German Luftwaffe estimated to have flown over 11 thousand sorties against Malta since 20th March
28th - "WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll
28th - Nightly "dim-out" begins along US East Coast
29th - Japanese troop march into Lashio, cut off Burma Road
29th - Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France
30th - 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wi

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