On This Day

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)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Journalist Ben Bradlee (20) weds Jean Saltonstall

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee

1942 Highlights

About August 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 11 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo