On This Day

What Happened on December 2, 1942

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

World’s 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurs in Chicago Pile-1 (world's 1st nuclear reactor) at the University of Chicago, overseen by Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd

Famous Birthdays

  • Ted Bluechel, American rock vocalist and drummer (Association), born in San Pedro, California
1942 Highlights

About December 2, 1942

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 11 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius