On This Day

What Happened on August 23, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal
  • Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe planes bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)

Historic Event

British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo

Sports History

Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NYY-Washington MLB doubleheader at Yankee Stadium; raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief

  • World War II: last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia; the Italian Savoia Cavalleria charges Soviet infantry

Famous Birthdays

Nancy Richey

Nancy Richey, American tennis player (Australian Open 1967, French Open 1968), born in San Angelo, Texas

  • Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2019)

Famous Weddings

  • "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (34) weds screenwriter and playwright Robert Riskin (45)
1942 Highlights

About August 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 3 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Virgo