On This Day

What Happened on June 5, 1942

Historical Events

  • An explosion at the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant kills 48 people
  • British offensive in North Africa under General Ritchie
  • USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania

Famous Birthdays

  • Charles Dodge, American electronic music composer, born in Ames, Iowa
  • Nelson Burton Jr, American ten-pin bowler and sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea (1979- ), born in Acoacán , Spanish Guinea
1942 Highlights

About June 5, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 5 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

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