On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1942

Historical Events

  • 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
  • German summer offensive opens in Crimea

Famous Birthdays

  • (Euclid) Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood, American rock saxophonist and vocalist (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • Norman Lamont, MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
  • Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • Ruth Holland, journalist
  • Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
1942 Highlights

About May 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 6 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

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