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
1942 History

Famous Birthdays

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

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton (1942-2008)

American novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker) and filmmaker (Jurassic Park, ER), born in Chicago, Illinois

Born in 1942

Famous Deaths

  • Georg Stumme, German general, commandant of African corps, dies at 56
  • Ralph Rainger [Reichenthal], American song and film composer (Thanks for the Memory; Love In Bloom), dies in a plane crash at 41

About October 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 7 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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