On This Day

What Happened on October 23, 1942

Historical Events

  • All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • During WWII, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
  • First ships of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk
  • German units go through Red October-factory in Stalingrad

Famous Birthdays

  • Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), born in Littlehampton, West Sussex (d. 2007) [1]

Person of interestMichael Crichton

Michael Crichton, novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)


Famous Deaths

  • Georg Stumme, German general/commandant of African corps, dies
  • Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
1942 Highlights

About October 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 1 month and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Scorpio