On This Day

What Happened on August 7, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday

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, Growing Pains Theme), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • Carlos Monz√≥n, Argentine boxer, born in San Javier, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Garrison Keillor, American voice actor, 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