On This Day

What Happened on May 3, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • German Luftwaffe again bombs Exeter, destroying its town centre
  • Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
  • Nazis execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands
  • Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star

Famous Birthdays

  • Butch Otter, American politician, 32nd governor of Idaho, born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Dave Marash, American television journalist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lynn Farleigh, English actress (Lovers of Their Time), born in Bristol, England
  • Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths

  • Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), executed at 61
  • Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), dies at 68