On This Day

What Happened on July 21, 1942

Historical Events

  • 8 die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Virginia

Famous Birthdays

  • Alun Davies, Welsh touring and session guitarist (Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam), born in Wales
  • Fred Hetzel, American NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • Patricia Elliott, actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), born in Gunnison Colorado (d. 2015)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Actress Mae West (48) divorces vaudeville performer Frank Wallace after 31 years of marriage

Actress Mae West
Mae West
1942 Highlights

About July 21, 1942

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 1 month and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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