On This Day

What Happened on January 29, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC radio
  • German & Italian troops occupy Benghazi, Libya
  • Peru and Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determination)

Famous Birthdays

  • Arnaldo Tamayo-Méndez, Cuban cosmonaut, first Latin-American in space (Soyuz 38, 1980), born in Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba
  • Claudine Longet, French-American singer, actress, and former Mrs Andy Williams (1961-75), born in Paris, France
  • F R Hartley, Vice-Chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • Richard Needham, British MP
  • Robin Morgan, American poet, author, political theorist, academic, and former child actor (Dagmar-Mama), born in Lake Worth, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Bion J. Arnold, American electrical engineer and inventor (railroad electrification), dies at 80
  • Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, Czech-Italian conductor and composer, dies at 92
1942 Highlights

About January 29, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 5 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aquarius