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, British pop-rock and world music radio presenter and writer (The Sound of the City), born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Claude Miller, French film director and screenwriter (Garde a Vue; Little Thief; Wild Child), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)

Mitch McConnell (81 years old)

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

Phil Esposito (81 years old)

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

Born in 1942

Famous Deaths

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

About February 20, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Pisces