What Happened on August 8, 1942

Historical Events

  • "Monty" appointed commander of British 8th Army at Alamein
  • 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washington, D.C.
  • British Flower class corvette HMS Dianthus sinks U-379
  • Soviet anti-offensive of Voronezh under Marshal Timosjenko

Famous Birthdays

  • Henery Hawk [misspelled as Henry], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "The Squawkin' Hawk"
  • Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • Vardo Rumessen, Estonian classical pianist, musicologist, politician, and independence advocate, born in Pärnu, Estonian SSR, USSR (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings

Ben Bradlee

Journalist Ben Bradlee (20) weds Jean Saltonstall

1942 Highlights

About August 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 5 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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