On This Day

What Happened on February 26, 1942

Historical Events

  • German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
  • Radio Orange calls for March 1 day of prayer in Dutch Indies
  • Werner Heisenberg, a principal scientist in the German nuclear weapons program, delivers a lecture to Nazi officials about extracting energy from nuclear fission

Famous Birthdays

  • Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Nathan Sid, In Africa), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • Yƍsuke Yamashita, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer of jazz, film scores, and classical works, born in Tokyo, Japan
1942 Highlights

About February 26, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 7 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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