On This Day

What Happened on October 26, 1942

Historical Events

  • Battle of Santa Cruz: Japanese naval offensive against US forces near Solomon Islands
  • Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
  • Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), born in Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England (d. 2014)
  • Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • John P "Jannie" Roux, South African secretary to Presidents Botha and De Klerk
1942 Highlights

About October 26, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 1 month and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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