On This Day

What Happened on February 12, 1942

Historical Events

  • German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen escape from Brest to Germany in a dash up the English Channel

Famous Birthdays

  • Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
  • Lionel Grigson, British jazz pianist, and horn player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)

Famous Deaths

  • Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), dies at 50
1942 Highlights

About February 12, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 9 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aquarius