On This Day

What Happened on December 24, 1942

Historical Events

  • First powered flight of V-1 'buzz bomb', Peenemunde, Germany
  • Red army occupies German airports at Tasjinskaja & Morozowsk

Famous Deaths


MurderFrançois Darlan

François Darlan, French Admiral of the Fleet during WWII and Vichy Prime Minister (1941-42), assassinated at 61 in his headquarters in French North Africa by resistance fighter Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle

Admiral and Prime Minister of Vichy France François Darlan
Admiral and Prime Minister of Vichy France
François Darlan
  • Friedrich Klose, composer, dies at 80
  • K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
1942 Highlights

About December 24, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 11 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn