On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Ralph Ellis, England, rhythm (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • Richard "Dick" Allen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1972), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53