Historical Events in December 1942

  • 1st Gasoline rationed in US
  • 1st The Beveridge Report is published by the British government unveiling plans for a post-war welfare state

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2nd World’s 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurs in Chicagi Pile-1 (world's 1st nuclear reactor) at the University of Chicago, overseen by Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 4th First US citizenship granted to an alien on foreign soil (James Hoey)

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4th FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 4th US bombers struck Italian mainland for first time in WW II
  • 4th Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.
  • 5th CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto
  • 5th Seyss-Inquart orders students in nazi-Germany to work
  • 5th West Indies chocolate/coffee drop above Netherland
  • 6th Queen Wilhelmina announces Dutch Commonwealth
  • 6th RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die)
  • 8th 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)

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10th Hitler names Anton Mussert "leader of the Dutch people"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 10th North Africa: 5th German panzer army forms under col-gen von Arnim
  • 11th Australian/Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia
  • 12th German offensive in South Western Stalingrad
  • 12th A fire in a hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland, kills 100 people.
  • 13th Seyss-Inquart allows Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert to call himself Leader
  • 13th Washington Redskins defeat Chicago Bears 14-6, to win NFL title
  • 15th Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs
  • 16th Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia & Balkan
  • 17th Allies in London sentence German war criminals
  • 19th Robert Stroud "Birdman of Alcatraz" is transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
  • 20th 1st Japanese bombing of Calcutta
  • 21st US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal
  • 22nd World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
  • 23rd Allies air attack on Den Helder
  • 24th First powered flight of V-1 'buzz bomb', Peenemunde, Germany
  • 24th Red army occupies German airports at Tasjinskaja & Morozowsk
  • 25th Admiral Dalans murderer of Bosinier de la Chapelle, sentenced to death
  • 25th British Col S W Bailey reaches Mihailovics headquarter
  • 25th Russian artillery/tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad
  • 27th 1st Japanese women camp (Ambarawa) goes into use
  • 27th NFL Pro Bowl: NFL All-Stars beats Washington 17-14
  • 27th The Union of Pioneers of Yugoslavia is founded.
  • 28th Oberkommando Wehrmacht orders strategist flight out of Kaukasus
  • 28th Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times
  • 31st 60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton)
  • 31st Battle in Barents Sea