On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1942

Historical Events

  • British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command

Famous Birthdays

  • John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician (Prime Minister, 2001–06), born in Yokosuka, Japan

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), born in Oxford, England (d. 2018)

  • Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), born in Bor, Russia
  • Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 44
  • Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
1942 Highlights

About January 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 10 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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