On This Day

What Happened on January 23, 1942

Historical Events

  • Battle of Rabaul: Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army

Famous Birthdays

  • Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi actor & director, born in Kolkata, India (d. 2017)
  • Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, Soviet cosmonaut, born in Kharkov Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
  • Laurie Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70), born in Westonia, West Australia
  • Rildo da Costa Menezes, Brazilian soccer defender (38 caps; Santos, CEUB, New York Cosmos), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 2021)
  • Willy Bogner Jr., German fashion designer & film maker (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Munich, Germany
1942 Highlights

About January 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 10 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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