On This Day

What Happened on October 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday

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 WW II, 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 cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop)

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