On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1942

Historical Events

  • Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma
  • KNIL, Dutch colonial army on Java, surrenders to Japanese armies

Famous Birthdays

  • Ann Packer, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964), born in Moulsford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Dick Allen, American baseball infielder (7 × MLB All-Star; NL Rookie of the Year 1964, Philadelphia Phillies; AL MVP 1972, Chicago WS), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Ralph Ellis, British rock guitarist (The Swinging Blue Jeans – "Hippy Hippy Shake"), born in Liverpool, England

Famous Deaths

Person of interestJosé Raúl Capablanca

José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage provoked by hypertension at 53

Chess Grandmaster José Raúl Capablanca
Chess Grandmaster
José Raúl Capablanca
1942 Highlights

About March 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 7 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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