On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1942

Historical Events

  • Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • Claude Miller, director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), (d. 2012)
  • David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)

Person of interestMitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell

Person of interestPhil Esposito

Phil Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito

Famous Deaths

  • Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, dies at 76
1942 Highlights

About February 20, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Pisces