On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WWII)

Historic Event

Siege of Sevastopol ends with the surrender of Soviet forces and after massive German bombing raids that leave just 11 city buildings undamaged

  • US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Floyd Little, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Syracuse University; 5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1969; Denver Broncos), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2021)
  • Hal Lanier, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • Michael, English Prince of Kent and paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, born in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), born in Lyon, France (d. 2008)
1942 Highlights

About July 4, 1942

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 4 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

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