On This Day

What Happened on May 4, 1942

Historical Events

  • Battle of Coral Sea begins (1st naval battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • Food 1st rationed in US
  • German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)

Famous Birthdays

  • Ronnie Bond, British drummer (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Andover, Hampshire, England (d. 1992)
1942 Highlights

About May 4, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 7 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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