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)

Mitch McConnell

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

Phil Esposito

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


Famous Deaths

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

About February 20, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 9 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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