On This Day

What Happened on July 23, 1942

Historical Events

Historic Event

Adolf Hitler's Directive number 45: order for army to advance on Stalingrad

  • German troops conquer Rostow
  • World War II: Operation Edelweiss (a German plan to gain control over the Caucasus) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan de Hont, Dutch guitarist (ZZ & Masks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Madeline Bell, American singer (Black Nativity), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Myra Hindley, English murderess (murdered 5 small children with Ian Brady), born in Manchester, England (d. 2002)
  • Sallyanne Atkinson, Australian politician (Lord Mayor of Brisbane 1985-91), born in Sydney, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Adam Czerniaków, Polish engineer and head of Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Council, dies by suicide at beginning of clearing of the Ghetto at 61
  • Andrew Ducat, English cricketer (England 1921) and footballer, dies whilst batting at Lords Cricket Ground at 56
  • Nikola Vaptsarov, Bulgarian poet, communist and revolutionary, executed by firing squad at 32
  • Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, dies at 72
1942 Highlights

About July 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 4 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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