On This Day

What Happened on August 9, 1942

Historical Events

  • CBS radio broadcasts the debut of "Our Secret Weapon."

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during siege by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.

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Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" motion and campaign by the All-India Congress

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Vice-Adm Mikawa lands at Guadalcanal, Solomon Island

Famous Birthdays

  • David Steinberg, Canadian comedian and director (End), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Miguel Littín, Chilean film director (Promised Land, Alsino & Condor), born in Palmilla, Chile
  • Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

  • Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), dies at 50 [1]
1942 Highlights

About August 9, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 3 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo