On This Day

What Happened on March 20, 1942

Historical Events

  • Convoy PQ13 departs Reykjavik Iceland to Russia

Philippine Revolution'I Shall Return'

General Douglas MacArthur vows "I came through and I shall return" after escaping Japanese-occupied Philippines

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A statue in the Philippines commemorating the promised return of American commander Douglas MacArthur in World War II
A statue in the Philippines commemorating the promised return of American commander Douglas MacArthur in World War II
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  • Major German assault on Malta

Famous Deaths

  • Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), dies in the siege of Leningrad during World War II at 73
1942 Highlights

About March 20, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 7 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Pisces