On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz

Historic Event

David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine

  • Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
  • Russia occupies Crackow, until Aug 23, 1943

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Longyear, American sci-fi author (City of Baraboo), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Billy Swan, American country-rock singer-songwriter ("I Can Help"), born in Cape Giradeau, Louisiana
  • Dumitru Dediu, Romanian cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)
  • Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
1942 Highlights

About May 12, 1942

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 8 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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