What Happened on May 29, 1942

Historical Events

Film Premiere

"Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

Music History

Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin's song "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Famous Birthdays

  • Kevin Conway, American actor (Flash Point, Cage of Angels), born in NYC, New York
  • Pierre Bourque, Canadian politician (40th Mayor of Montreal), born in Montreal, Quebec
Born in 1942

Famous Deaths

  • Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet (Tangled Hair), dies at 63

John BarrymoreJohn Barrymore (1882-1942)

American actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies from cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure at 60

About May 29, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 11 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

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