On This Day

What Happened on May 29, 1942

Historical Events

Film Premier

"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 "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

Famous Deaths

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

John Barrymore

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


1942 Highlights

About May 29, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 6 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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