On This Day

What Happened on February 12, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday

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 musician, 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