What Happened in April 1942

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang Timor
  • Apr 1 Mexico changes from 3 time zones to 2

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Apr 2 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle

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Apr 8 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Apr 9 Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
  • Apr 10 Cigarettes & candy rationed in Holland
  • Apr 11 US Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal established

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 9th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • Apr 12 Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
  • Apr 14 Destroyer Roper sinks German U-85 of US east coast

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Apr 15 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Apr 16 Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship
  • Apr 17 12 Lancasters bomb MAN factory in Augsburg
  • Apr 17 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
  • Apr 17 POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein
  • Apr 18 "Stars & Stripes" paper for US armed forces starts
  • Apr 18 James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 19 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2
  • Apr 20 German occupiers forbids Dutch access to their beach
  • Apr 23 4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins
  • Apr 23 1st night Exeter bombed by German Luftwaffe
  • Apr 24 2nd night Exeter bombed by German Luftwaffe
  • Apr 25 Beginning of a 3 night bombing blitz on Bath by German Luftwaffe - 417 killed
  • Apr 26 Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko, Manchuria
  • Apr 27 Belgian Jews are forced to wear stars
  • Apr 27 Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100, injuring 300
  • Apr 28 German Luftwaffe estimated to have flown over 11 thousand sorties against Malta since 20th March
  • Apr 28 "WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll
  • Apr 28 Nightly "dim-out" begins along US East Coast
  • Apr 29 Japanese troop march into Lashio, cut off Burma Road
  • Apr 29 Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France
  • Apr 30 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wisconson

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Alan Blakley, rocker (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • Apr 1 Danny Brooks, rocker (Dovells)
  • Apr 1 Phil Margo, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 1 Samuel R[ay] Delany Jr, American 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, American skier (Olympics 1968), born in Durango, Colorado
  • 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 Jacob Zuma, South African politician, President of South Africa (2009-), born in Nkandla
  • 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, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 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

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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, Russian 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)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Albert Siklos, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 3 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Alfred Mombert, writer, dies
  • Apr 8 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • Apr 12 Johannes E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 80
  • Apr 13 Henk Sneevliet, leader of Dutch RSAP/Spartacus, executed at 58
  • Apr 15 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies at 61

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Apr 15 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, dies of pneumonia at 60

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson
  • Apr 17 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • Apr 18 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)

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Apr 24 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), dies at 67

  • Apr 24 Leonid Kulik, Russian Minerologist (Tunguska meteor site) dies of typhus in a Nazi prison camp at 58
  • Apr 25 Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • Apr 30 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer, dies at 51
  • Apr 30 Jakob van Hoddis [[Hans Davidsohn]], German Jewish poet, transported to German concentration camp at 54 (actual date of death unknown)