What Happened in January 1943

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Count Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to lt-colonel
  • Jan 1 Negro League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown
  • Jan 1 29th Rose Bowl: #2 Georgia beats #13 UCLA, 9-0
  • Jan 1 9th Sugar Bowl: #7 Tennessee beats #4 Tulsa, 14-7
  • Jan 1 9th Orange Bowl: #10 Alabama beats #8 Boston College, 37-21
  • Jan 3 1st missing persons telecast (NYC)
  • Jan 3 Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa

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Jan 4 Thomas Mann completes his tetralogy, "Joseph & His Brothers"

Novelist Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann
  • Jan 5 Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II
  • Jan 5 William H Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigns to protest segregation in armed forces
  • Jan 9 Japanese government in Java limits sale & use of motorcars
  • Jan 10 Soviet offensive against German 6th and 4th Armies near Stalingrad

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Jan 10 1st US president to visit a foreign country in wartime - FDR leaves for Casablanca, Morocco

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 11 US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China
  • Jan 12 Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)

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Jan 13 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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Jan 13 Hitler declares "Total War"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jan 13 Soviet offensive at Don under general Golikov
  • Jan 13 US infantry captures Galloping Horse Ridge, Guadalcanal
  • Jan 14 Alex Smart (Mont) is 1st NHLer to score hat trick in his 1st game

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Jan 14 Heinrich Himmler views Warsaw

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • Jan 14 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal
  • Jan 14 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel by airplane
  • Jan 14 World War II: Casablanca Conference begins between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 15 1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught
  • Jan 15 World's largest office building, the Pentagon is completed
  • Jan 15 1,000 workers complete air conditioning system for Pentagon
  • Jan 15 World War II: The Soviets begin a counter-offensive at Voronezh
  • Jan 16 -60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)
  • Jan 16 1st US air raid on Ambon
  • Jan 16 German 2nd SS-Panzer division evacuates Charkow
  • Jan 16 Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad
  • Jan 17 Tin Can Drive Day in the US, salvage collected for the war effort
  • Jan 18 Soviets announce they have broken the long siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany
  • Jan 18 US rations bread & metal - banning presliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts
  • Jan 19 1st Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins
  • Jan 19 Joint Chiefs of Staff decide on invasion in Sicily
  • Jan 20 Lead, South Dakota, temperature is 52°F, while 1.5 miles away Deadwood records -16°F
  • Jan 20 Operation Weiss: German, Italian, Bulgarian & Croatian troops attempt to retake land liberated by Tito's partisans
  • Jan 21 Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk
  • Jan 21 Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad
  • Jan 21 Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, Royal Navy, promoted to Admiral of the Fleet
  • Jan 22 66.3 cm precipitation at Hoegees Camp, California (state record)
  • Jan 22 Allied Joint Chiefs of Staff determine invasion in Sicily for July 10th
  • Jan 22 Temperature rises 49°F (9°C) in 2 minutes in Spearfish, South Dakota
  • Jan 23 66.34 cm (26.12"), Hoegees Camp, California (state record)
  • Jan 23 British 8th army marches into Tripoli
  • Jan 23 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Jan 23 Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured

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Jan 23 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Jan 24 Adolf Hitler orders German troops at Stalingrad to fight to the death
  • Jan 24 Jewish patients, nurses and doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Jan 27 1st US air attack on Germany (Wilhelmshafen)
  • Jan 28 Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
  • Jan 28 Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game
  • Jan 29 New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • Jan 29 Sidney Kingsley's "Patriots" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 29 U.S. cruiser "Chicago" is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island
  • Jan 30 6 British Mosquitos bomb Berlin in daylight
  • Jan 30 German assault on French in Tunisia
  • Jan 30 German under officers shot down in Haarlem Neth
  • Jan 30 Hitler promotes Friedrich von Paul to Field Marshal
  • Jan 30 Illegal opposition newspaper Loyal begins publishing
  • Jan 30 USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean
  • Jan 31 Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan
  • Jan 31 General Friedrich von Paul surrenders to Soviet troops at Stalingrad

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Jerilyn Britz, LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 1 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, Indian scientist
  • Jan 1 Tony Knowles, 9th Governor of Alaska
  • Jan 2 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 4 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)

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Jan 4 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and writer (Team of Rivals, No Ordinary Time), born in Brooklyn, New York

Writer and Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin
Writer and Historian
Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • Jan 6 Osvaldo Soriano, writer
  • Jan 6 Paul James Nunn, mountaineer
  • Jan 6 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager
  • Jan 7 Jim Lefebvre, Hawthorne California, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 7 Leona Williams, singer/songwriter (Ladies Get the Blues)
  • Jan 7 Nicholas Warner, test Pilot
  • Jan 7 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (d. 1955)
  • Jan 7 Sir Richard Armstrong, British conductor
  • Jan 8 Lee Jackson, rocker (Nice)
  • Jan 8 Marcus Hutson, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • Jan 9 Dick Yount, rocker (Harpers Bizarre)
  • Jan 9 Kenneth Kelley, US singer (Manhattans, One Life to Live)
  • Jan 9 Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist/singer (Drinking on My Bed)
  • Jan 9 Robert Drewe, Australian author
  • Jan 9 Elmer MacFadyen, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • Jan 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian and singer
  • Jan 11 William Albert Penn, composer
  • Jan 11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • Jan 12 Henri J "Adriaan" Adriaansen, mime/director (Stinging Nettle King)
  • Jan 13 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jan 13 William Duckworth, composer
  • Jan 14 Holland Taylor, actress (Bossom Buddies, Camilla-Naked Truth), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 14 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas
  • Jan 14 Ronald Hunter, actor (Lazarus Syndrome), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 14 Shannon Lucid, astronaut (STS 51G, 34, 43, 58, 76/79), born in Shanghai, China
  • Jan 14 Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor
  • Jan 15 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 16 Brian Ferneyhough, composer
  • Jan 16 Gavin Bryars, composer
  • Jan 16 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • Jan 17 Chris Montez [Ezekiel Montanez], American guitarist and singer, born in Los Angeles
  • Jan 17 Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
  • Jan 17 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), born in Port-au-Prince (d. 2017)
  • Jan 17 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • Jan 18 Kay Granger, American politician

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Jan 19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • Jan 19 Margriet Francisca, Dutch Princess
  • Jan 19 Petchara Chaowarat, Thai film actress
  • Jan 20 Roeland HG "Roel" van Duyn, Dutch Provo politician
  • Jan 20 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician
  • Jan 22 H James "Jim" Saxton, (Rep-R-NJ, 1984- )
  • Jan 22 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress
  • Jan 23 Gil Gerard, actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 23 William E "Bill" Gibb, Scottish fashion designer
  • Jan 23 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Jan 24 Julie Bennett, actress (Hey There It's Yogi Bear), born in Beverly Hills, California

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Jan 24 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Jan 24 Subhash Ghai, Indian film director
  • Jan 25 Tobe Hooper, American film director
  • Jan 26 Jean Knight [Jean Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 26 Peter Kenton Winkler, composer
  • Jan 26 Sherian Grace Cadoria, brigadier general
  • Jan 26 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jan 27 A H Harper, CEO (Baltic Exchange)
  • Jan 28 Dick Taylor, rock vocalist (Pretty Thing-Cry on Me)
  • Jan 28 John Beck, Chic, actor (Mark-Dallas, Flamingo Road, Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 28 Susan Howard, Marshall Tx, actress (Donna-Dallas, Petrocelli)
  • Jan 28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 29 Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, Abbot of Downside
  • Jan 29 Timothy Andrew James Souster, composer
  • Jan 30 Davy Johnson, baseball manager (NY Mets)
  • Jan 30 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Colonel Andrew Summers Rowan, U.S. military officer who gave "a message to Garcia" (b. 1857)
  • Jan 3 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • Jan 5 George Washington Carver, famous African American scientist, dies at 81

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Jan 7 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • Jan 7 George Washington Crile, American Surgeon (blood transfusion, surgical shock), dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (b. 1919)
  • Jan 9 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain), dies at 53
  • Jan 10 J Arthur S Berson, Austrian meteorologist, dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
  • Jan 12 Jan R T Campert, Dutch resistance fighter/poet (18 Dead), dies at 40
  • Jan 12 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
  • Jan 14 Adolf Sandberger, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Franz Courtens, Flemish painter (Sunny Lane), dies at 88
  • Jan 20 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56
  • Jan 24 John Burns, British minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
  • Jan 25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Nikolai Vavilov, geneticist, Saratovv labour camp, dies
  • Jan 26 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)