On This Day

What Happened on June 12, 1942

Anne Frank – A Light of Inspiration in the Nazi Darkness

Historical Events

Historic Event

Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam

Historic Event

Hitler orders enslavement of Slavic peoples

  • Tornado kills 35 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Famous Birthdays

  • Bert Sakmann, German cell physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1991), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, born in Franklin, Kentucky (d. 2018)
  • Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

  • Walter Leigh, British composer (The Frogs of Aristophanes), killed in action near Tobruk, Libya while serving in British Army, at 36
1942 Highlights

About June 12, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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