On This Day

What Happened on February 16, 1942

Historical Events

  • Bangka Island massacre: Japanese soldiers machine-gun 22 Australian Army nurses and 60 Australian and British soldiers and crew members from two sunken ships. Only one nurse and two soldiers survive.
  • German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Gabriel Brncic, composer

Person of interestKim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011), born in Vyatskoye, Soviet Union [disputed birthplace and birth date, 1941] (d. 2011)

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il

1942 Highlights

About February 16, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 8 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aquarius