What Happened on June 10, 1942

Historical Events


Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now Czech Republic) which had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi controller of Bohemia and Moravia, to “teach the Czechs a final lesson of subservience and humility”; over 170 adult men were executed by firing squad on site, women and children were sent to concentration camp gas chambers, and the village was burned down and plowed under

Famous Birthdays

  • Gordon Burns, Northern Irish broadcast journalist (The Krypton Factor, 1977–95; North West Tonight, 1997-2011), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Janet Vogel, American doo-wop soprano (Skyliners - “Since I Don’t Have You”), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • Preston Manning, Canadian politician, founder of Reform Party, born in Edmonton, Alberta
Born in 1942

Famous Deaths

  • Jean François van Royen, Dutch graphic designer, bibliophile, and Secretary-General of Dutch PTT (Post, Telephone & Telegraph), dies in Concentration Camp Amersfoort at 63
  • Ross Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 2 x 50; Victoria), dies in action during WWII at 26
  • Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up; Over She Goes), dies at 48
1942 Highlights

About June 10, 1942

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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