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1942 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1942 – The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.
- February 15, 1942 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- April 26, 1942 – Benxihu Colliery accident in Manchukuo leaves 1549 Chinese miners dead.
- May 10, 1942 – World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
- June 11, 1942 – World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
- August 9, 1942 – Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.
- August 21, 1942 – World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
- August 23, 1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
- September 3, 1942 – World War II: In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn leads an uprising in the Ghetto of Lakhva, in present-day Belarus.
- September 26, 1942 – The Holocaust: August Frank, a higher official of the SS concentration camp administration department, issues a memorandum containing a great deal of operational detail in how Jews should be “evacuated”.
Who Were Born On 1942?
- January 5, 1942 – Charlie Rose, American talk show host
- February 5, 1942 – Cory Wells, American singer (Three Dog Night)
- March 18, 1942 – Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
- March 22, 1942 – Dick Pound, Canadian amateur sports executive
- May 15, 1942 – Doug Lowe, Tasmanian politician
- July 27, 1942 – Dennis Ralston, American tennis player
- August 22, 1942 – Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (d. 1993)
- September 1, 1942 – C. J. Cherryh, American writer
- October 21, 1942 – Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils General Manager
- November 13, 1942 – John Hammond, American musician