January 1942 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 US & 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis
  • Jan 2 WWII: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals
  • Jan 2 German troops in Bardia surrender
  • Jan 2 Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines
  • Jan 2 The United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
  • Jan 3 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
  • Jan 4 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida
  • Jan 4 Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame
  • Jan 5 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
  • Jan 6 Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
  • Jan 6 Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
  • Jan 7 WW II siege of Bataan starts
  • Jan 8 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command
  • Jan 9 US Joint Chiefs of Staff created
  • Jan 10 Japan invades North Celebes, Dutch East Indies
  • Jan 11 -23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record)
  • Jan 11 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • Jan 12 British troops reconquer Sollum
  • Jan 12 Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender
  • Jan 12 National War Labor Board created
  • Jan 13 Allied Conference on war trials
  • Jan 13 German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Jan 13 Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration
  • Jan 13 World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • Jan 14 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo
  • Jan 16 William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army
  • Jan 18 Nazis arrest Frans Goedhart & Wiardi Beckman
  • Jan 19 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • Jan 19 Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers
  • Jan 20 Japanese invade Burma
  • Jan 20 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews
  • Jan 21 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal
  • Jan 21 Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump"
  • Jan 21 Tito's partisans occupy Foca
  • Jan 22 Sietze de Groot wins 8th Dutch 11 city skate (8:44:06)
  • Jan 23 Battle of Rabaul - Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • Jan 23 Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain
  • Jan 23 Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Lt General Rommels African corps reaches Msus

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Jan 26 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • Jan 26 Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
  • Jan 27 -19°F (-27.4°C), Netherland's coldest day since 1850
  • Jan 28 Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine
  • Jan 28 German troops occupy Benghazi Libya
  • Jan 28 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • Jan 29 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC radio
  • Jan 29 German & Italian troops occupy Benghazi, Libya
  • Jan 29 Peru & Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determiniation)
  • Jan 30 Japanese troops land on Ambon

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Gennadi Vassilyevich Sarafanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • Jan 1 Martin Frost, (Rep-D-TX, 1971- )
  • Jan 1 Alassane Ouattara, Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
  • Jan 2 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jan 3 John Marsden, Australian lawyer, gay activist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 5 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer (d. 2003)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), born in Oxford, England

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Jan 8 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • Jan 8 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
  • Jan 9 Lee Kun-hee, Korean industrialist, chairman of Samsung
  • Jan 10 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Petrushenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 10 Walter Hill, director (48 Hours, Extreme Prejudice)
  • Jan 12 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup)
  • Jan 12 Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the radical leftist organization Weather Underground
  • Jan 14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician
  • Jan 14 Carol Bellamy, Planfield NJ, (City Council Pres-D- 1978-85), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Tony P Hall, (Rep-D-OH, 1979- )
  • Jan 16 René Angélil, Canadian music executive
  • Jan 17 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
  • Jan 23 Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, cosmonaut
  • Jan 23 Willy Bogner Jr, Munich, director (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
  • Jan 26 Nigel Walmsley, chairman (Carlton UK Television)
  • Jan 26 William McLennan, CEO (Central Statistical Office)
  • Jan 29 Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez, Cuba, cosmonaut (Soyuz 38)
  • Jan 29 F R Hartley, Vice-Chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • Jan 29 Richard Needham, British MP
  • Jan 30 Christopher Howes, Crown Estate Second Commissioner

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Novelist Anthony Burgess (25) weds Llewela Jones

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess

Deaths in History

  • Jan 5 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • Jan 7 Henry, Count of Baillet-Latour, President of IOC (1925-42), dies at 63
  • Jan 8 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • Jan 14 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian writer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 17 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
  • Jan 22 Reimond Tollenaere, leader Flemishch National Front, dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Walter Richard Sickert, British painter (Free House!), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death). dies at 30
  • Jan 26 Gerard L F Philips, Dutch manufacturer (Philips), dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)