On This Day

What Happened on August 7, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Island
  • Dutch resistance bombs Rotterdam railway
  • Transport 16 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • B.J. Thomas, American singer ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "Hooked On A Feeling"; "Growing Pains Theme"), born in Hugo, Oklahoma (d. 2021)
  • Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer, born in San Javier, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • David Rubinson, American sound engineer, record producer (Herbie Hancock; Santana; The Pointer Sisters; The Clancy Brothers), and film producer, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Garrison Keillor, American writer, humorist and radio personality (A Prairie Home Companion), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • Masa Saito, Japanese wrestler (AWA/WWF/NJPW/CWFI), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2018)
  • Tobin Bell, American actor, born in Queens, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Janusz Korczak [Henryk Goldszmit], Polish-Jewish educator and pedagogue (ran an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto), is gassed at Treblinka extermination camp along with the residents of his orphanage at 64
  • Richard Gott, British gen/commandant of 8th Army, dies in battle at 43
1942 Highlights

About August 7, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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