On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st detachment of Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, begin basic training
  • Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy taking 8-8; West Indian cricket domestic first class record
  • Legion of Merit Medal authorized by US congress

Music History

Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover


Famous Birthdays

  • Ron Bowden, Australian politician
  • T.G. Sheppard [William Browder], American country singer ("Devil in the Bottle"), born in Humbolt, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

  • Patric Cobb, British sea officer, dies in battle
1942 Highlights

About July 20, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 4 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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