On This Day

What Happened on June 21, 1942

Historical Events

  • 129°F (54°C), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record)
  • Anneliese Seinheuer throws female world record spear (47.24m)

Historic Event

Germany's Panzer Army led by Erwin Rommel takes Tobruk in Libya, North Africa

Historic Event

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrive in Washington, D.C.


Famous Birthdays

  • Henry S. Taylor, American writer at poet (Pulitzer 1986 for Poetry), born in Lincoln, Virginia
  • Marjorie Margolies, American women's right activist and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • William Bradford Reynolds, US Assistant Attorney General (1981-88), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Famous Weddings

  • Jacqueline Kennedy's mother Janet Bouvier marries Standard Oil heir Hugh Auchincloss
1942 Highlights

About June 21, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 1 month and 20 days
Leap Year: No

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