On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1942

Historical Events

  • William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian appointed a general in US army

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Lynn [Ozen], American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist ("You'll Lose A Good Thing"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of Rolling Stone"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • James "Jimmy" Grashow, American sculptor and woodcut artist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2016)
  • Tony P. Hall, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1979- ), born in Dayton, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey; To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (1911-16), dies at 91
1942 Highlights

About January 16, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 8 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn